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HIST041 Civil Rights Resources: Primary Sources & Websites

Civil Rights Movement - Primary Sources & Websites

How to evaluate your sources

An extremely important part of the research process is evaluating your sources.  With each source, you want to answer questions such as:

  • Who is the author and what is their expertise, authority and background in the area they are writing on? 
  • Does the information look accurate? How can you tell?
  • Is it relevant to your research topic? 
  • Is it current enough or is the date not important? 
     
  • Is the information biased?  How can you tell?

Trying to answer these questions for information you find on web sites can often be more of a challenge than print sources.  With no editorial or review process on the web, it is crucial to evaluate the information you find to ensure it is credible, reliable and accurate. For help with evaluating all types of sources, check out the tutorials below.