Evaluating Research Sources

You be the judge!

Credibility of Sources

  • A research paper requires you to back up your statements with authoritative knowledge. Outside of your own original research, you need to look at the research and understandings of others.
  • You are not an expert, but rather are learning about a topic by examining information presented by others. Those sources of information need to be of high quality and you are responsible to judge the quality.
  • You cannot accept everything at equal value- ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU JUMP INTO AN INTERNET SEARCH.