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When doing research for academic papers, it is important to consider 1) is your source relevant to your topic and 2) what quality is your source. The tabs below detail each aspect of evaluating information.
It is important to consider if your source meets your information needs. Is it the type of source you need? Is it on the topic or research area you're writing about? Here is a list of things you should look for in your results list to determine whether a resource is relevant to your research needs.
Good is a subjective term. In the context of academic research, good can mean many things. Below are a variety of ways to determine the quality of a source. For really in-depth reading on evaluating sources, this ebook on web literacy by Mike Caulfield is an excellent source https://webliteracy.pressbooks.com/