When doing research, it is important to find information that is reliable, accurate, and appropriate for your assignment. Some assignments may require you to use or limit certain sources such as:
Not all of the information you find will be appropriate and useful for your assignment.
Some of the information that you come across...
Being able to evaluate information and sources will help you determine the most useful and appropriate sources for your assignment.
Knowing how to evaluate information can help you with research assignments as well as bigger life decisions.
Knowing how to find relevant and accurate information can help you make informed decisions about graduate school, a new car purchase, financial aid, jobs, your health, and more.
In general, sources found through library databases and catalogs are easier to evaluate than those found on the free Web because they have already been reviewed by:
From Modesto Junior College: