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Research 101

Quick Guide to Source Evaluation

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

For a deeper dive on source evaluation, see our Evaluating Resources Guide.

Critical Source Evaluation

Directed by Karly Stark. Written & narrated by Jen Brown. Editorial & directorial contributions from Gisèle Tanasse.

Quick Summary

  • Types of sources (0:28)
  • Author and intended audiences of sources (1:40)
  • Diversifying your sources with community, experiential voices (2:23)
  • Time-saving research tips (2:46)