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Is this source appropriate
for your research?

You and your instructor are the best people to determine if a source is appropriate for your research. Remember that all sources you use should contain well-supported arguments and valid research. Since it is easy to falsify information on the Web, you should look closely at the sources you select online.

  • Check how statistics and facts were collected and to whom they are attributed. All should be referenced with a source.
  • Determine whether the source is an opinion piece.
  • Judge whether the source is popular or scholarly. Make sure you are using the appropriate type of source for your assignment.
  • Bibliographies highlight the sources that influenced the author's work. Use the bibliography at the end of your source to find other related works.
  • Consider all the information you have gathered about the author, publisher, and date and determine whether the source is appropriate for your information needs.
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