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Evaluating Resources: Getting Started

This guide will help you learn how to evaluate the resources that you find in your research.

Evaluating Resources

Why is Evaluating Resources Important?

When you write a paper, you want to find the best information to support your ideas. Not all information is reliable, true, or relevant. Evaluating resources helps you to:

  • Find the most relevant information.
  • Ensure the quality and reliability of your research.
  • Find expert research on your topic.
  • Weed out unreliable, incorrect, biased, or outdated information.

Each resource should provide the correct information, be written by an expert in the field, and contribute to understanding the topic. To learn more about why you should evaluate your sources, watch this video by North Carolina State University Library.