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SHS 121 Case Management Resource Guide - Community Resources: Evaluate Your Sources

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 web sites, go to the Evaluate box on the Find Web Sites or click here.

For help with evaluating all types of sources, check out the tutorials below and the short video from Brown University.


Short tutorial from NC State University Libraries on what to look for when evaluating your sources.

Source:  YouTube

Tutorial: Evaluating Health Information on the Web

It is extremely important to evaluate the sources of the information you find on the Internet, especially medical information.

Because anyone can put information on the web, so you need to be able to verify the credibility of the source and the information provided on the web sites you use for your research and studies.  

Here is a short 16 minute tutorial on how to evaluate the health related information you will find on the web. 

Source: NIH: National Library of Medicine  


Another short tutorial which describes why Google is not the best source for finding credible academic resources.

Source:  YouTube

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