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Evaluation & Critical Thinking
There are many sources of information to search when doing research on
a particular topic. These can include: books, periodicals (magazines,
journals, newspapers), Web sites, and government documents. It is
essential throughout your research that all sources be evaluated for
their usefulness and accuracy. Here are a few questions to ask yourself
while you are reading through your sources to help you evaluate:
- Who is the author of the work? What do you know about him/her? What makes him/her an expert on the subject?
- What is the perspective of the author(s)? What is the intent of the piece (to inform, persuade, sell, etc.)?
- How old is the material? When was the research conducted?
- Are their other references to this work? Can this research be validated with other sources?
- Is the research fully referenced with sources to support its argument?
Citing Your Sources
Find a number of examples of how to cite both print and electronic
sources using APA, MLA, and Chicago style, as well as many other
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