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 3: Accuracy

Of course, it's always important to know if the information in a source is true and trustworthy, and that the author can back up their claims.

How do you know if your source is accurate?

  • Are there statements you know to be false?
  • Are there errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar?
  • Was the information reviewed by editors or subject experts before it was published?
  • What citations or references support the author's claims?
  • What do other people have to say about the topic?

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