Be sure to critically evaluate resources to decide whether to use them for your research assignment.
Below is a list of criteria for deciding whether a resource is information you should use, which I have borrowed (for educational purposes only) from Meriam Library @ California State University, Chico. Some of the criteria apply only to web sites, but others can be applied to any resource.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
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