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Technology and Education: Evaluating Sources


When searching for information for your research, it is important to look where there is good information on your topic. 

You want information that is both authoritative and relevant.  And our databases are good places to find authoritative relevant information.

Evaluating Sources

Things to take into Consideration

There are certain things to take into consideration when you are looking at a resource. 

Who wrote it?

Is this person qualified to speak on the subject?

What biases does this person have on the subject?

When was it written?

For most subjects, the more recent the work, the better.  New developments may outdate works very quickly if the field is moving quickly.

Where was it written?

Popular journals are not as stringent about accuracy as academic journals. 

What sources does it use?

Does it cite other people?

What type of resources does it use?

Is it citing blogs, popular journals or academic sources?

Evaluating Web Resources

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