Beginning Undergraduate Information Literacy DevelopmentWilliam Madison Randall Library
  1. Home
  2. Introduction
  3. Information Cycle
  4. Investigating
  5. Searching
  6. Locating
  7. Evaluating
  8. Utilizing
  9. Ask a Librarian
  10. Acknowledgements

Evaluating

Clue 4: Relevance

Relevance is important because you are expected to support your ideas with pertinent information. A source about Einstein's marriage and family would not give you information about his theories in physics.

How do you know if your source is relevant?

  • Does the information answer your research question?
  • Does the information meet the stated requirements of the assignment?
  • Is the information too technical or too simplified for you to use?
  • Does the source add something new to your knowledge of your topic?

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