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English 1201

When conducting academic research, there are many places to go to find accurate and authoritative information.   How to know where to begin?  What make some types of information sources more relevant to a topic that other? The chart below is a helpful guide.  Also, be sure to check out Western Libraries' artful, informative and short video about evaluating information sources in the second tab.

Information Sources

Adapted with permission from:

University of New Mexico University Libraries' English 120: Full Library Tutorial


Western Libraries. "Evaluating Sources."  Tutorial video. Western Libraries, January 13, 2013. Video.

Evaluating Sources by Western Libraries is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0

Currency: Is the information timely?  When was it created?  How important is current information to your topic?

Relevance : Does the information meet your need?  Does it answer you research question?

Authority: Who is responsible for the information?  Who wrote and published it?  What are the author’s and publisher’s credentials?

Accuracy: It is important to find information that is reliable, truthful and correct.  Is the information supported by evidence?   Does the author use an unbiased, neutral tone?

Purpose: Why does the information exist?  Is the information intended to inform?  Examine the author’s intentions, assumptions and biases.