Answered By: Hayley Hughes
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2015     Views: 449

For a brief explanation of research basics, see this short presentation. 



A common mistake students make is assuming that because a source is found in a library, in a book or periodical, or available online, that’s it is authoritative. But this can’t be the case, because if it were, every newspaper article would be fact, and every statistic, the truth.

To help you determine whether a source is credible and good enough to use in an assignment, you should ask some questions of each of your sources:

  • Does it suit your needs?
  • Is it relevant? 
  • Is the author qualified to speak on this topic?
  • What process did the source undergo to be published?
  • What is the purpose of the source?
  • Is the source biased?
  • Will the source add to your work? 

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