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Research Process: Getting Started: A. Why Evaluate?

A guide to assist students in conducting research using the wide variety of information sources available to them.

Why Evaluate?

Since anyone can publish on the web, you simply cannot believe everything that you read. In addition, different types of publications are intended for different audiences and different purposes. When you are doing research, it is important to critically evaluate each source to determine who is publishing it, what is the purpose of the publication, and whether or not it includes accurate information.