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Library Research Skills for Land and Food Systems: 2C: Evaluating

1. Introduction to evaluating information

How can I use this? Why evaluate?

You will need to evaluate each resource you use for research, whether it is an online or print journal article, a website, a book, a newspaper article, or other source that you want to cite. On the following pages, you will see guiding questions to help you to analyze the authority, accuracy and scope of your information materials to assess how appropriate they will be for your research. Keep in mind that many publications have a particular bias or agenda, which may not be obvious at first glance.

  • Don't expect to be able to answer every question, all the time, for all information resources you look at.
  • Rather, try to use the questions as a tool to help you look at sources critically.
 
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