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Evaluating Information: Overview

Resources for evaluating information to determine its reliability


This guide is intended to help you understand different types of sources and how to judge the quality of information, particularly from the internet. The "Evaluating Information" tab walks you through determining if a source is reliable and explains what it means for a work to be "scholarly." Another crucial part of using online resources is being able to cite the source. For help figuring out how to track an image back to its source, see the "Evaluating Images" tab.

Please note: the Library's databases contain articles from publications ranging from scholarly sources to trade publications (see "Evaluating Information" for an explanation of these terms). The articles within the databases are identical to those found in the print publications and should fulfill any requirements for articles from a specific source.


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