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Evaluate all information carefully. Web sites present additional challenges. Use the evaluation criteria below to determine the quality of information sources.
Purpose- What is the source trying to do? Entertain? Persuade? Sell? Inform?
Authority- Who's responsible for the information? The author? Publisher?
Accuracy- Is the information correct? True? How does it compare with others?
Objectivity- Is it inherently biased? Are their other sides to the story?
Currency- Is the information up-to-date? Timely?
Coverage- How much detail is included? What's excluded?
National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (n.d.). Biofuels basics. Retrieved May 26, 2020, from https://www.nrel.gov/research/re-biofuels.html
National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS Publication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
United States, Deptartment of Justice, Department of Community Oriented Policing Services. Community Policing: Looking to Tomorrow, by Drew Diamond and Deirdre Mead Weiss. 2009. cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/Publications/cops-w0520-pub.pdf
United States, Congress, Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing on the Geopolitics of Oil. Government Printing Office, 2007. 110th Congress, 1st session, Senate Report 111-8.
United States, Government Accountability Office. Climate Change: EPA and DOE Should Do More to Encourage Progress Under Two Voluntary Programs. Government Printing Office, 2006.
A good researcher uses a standard citation format to identify the information used and give credit to its creator. Consistency is crucial. Find tips on using MLA or APA style on the library's Citation Guides page.
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