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The Research Process

A guide to start you on your research journey!

Types of Sources

Why Evaluate?

Evaluating resources is an imporant part of the research process. Whether you are using books, newspapers, or database articles, you should always be sure that the source you use is the best fit for your assignment.

It is especially important to evaluate webpages, because although the World Wide Web can be a great source of information for your research papers, not all information on the Web is good. Online info can be published by anyone, regardless of their expertise. Most webpages do not undergo a lengthy editing process; they can be created quickly and easily, and there is no quality control process to ensure their accuracy. In short, a website can look very professional but still contain bad information.

For all of these reasons, it is important to evaluate webpages before you use them for your assignments. The pages of this guide describe some of the things you should look for when evaluating an online resource.