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Why Is It Important to Evaluate Your Sources?

Resource evaluation is a vital part of any research project, whether academic or for personal knowledge.  As a researcher, you will need to take an objective view of any source you are considering. 

By utilizing the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, why), you will be able to make an informed decision on whether a source is appropriate for your project.

But how do you know which type of resource is best for your project and which individual resources are the best to use?  

"If information is going to be trusted, you may want to know on what basis someone speaks. Has the author done work in this area before? Does the author know how to investigate the topic?"

- Budd, J.M. (2008). Cognitive growth, instruction, and student success. College & Research Libraries, 69(4), 319-330.

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