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Evaluating Resources

What to consider when determining if a source is credible

Navigating the Constant Flow of Information

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How do you know a source is credible? 

The internet is a powerful tool full of information, opportunities for connection, and funny memes. It is also full of misleading information, predatory websites, and entities that want your personal information. When you are tasked with doing research for an assignment, it's important to be aware of all of these things to ensure that the sources you use are based in fact and are the right resources for your topic. Navigating all of this is not easy and can feel overwhelming! 

When you find a source that you want to use in an assignment, here are some things to consider:

  • Authority & purpose
  • Documentation
  • Publication or format & date
  • Relevance

We'll go into more depth on each of these as you navigate this guide.