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English Resources: Evaluating sources

Resources to support English courses

Four Moves & a Habit

Why and how do you evaluate sources during research?

Why do you evaluate sources? Why can't you just use whatever you find on the Internet about a topic? Consider these reasons:

  • How likely is it that your reader is going to consider your sources and ideas believable?
  • If your reader can prove your source was lying or using inaccurate information, what does that mean for your credibility?
  • In a world where anyone can say or write whatever they want on the Internet, why should anyone take Internet information at face value?
  • Even trusted sources like academic journals or academic publishers can fail to uphold their own standards for credibility, accuracy, and supported research.