How do I know if a source is reliable?

Your instructors will frequently ask you to use sources that are reliable. Information that you find in the library is trusted. It has already been selected from a legitimate resource and is being provided for you through either our library e-book catalog or through our library databases. Any of the web links listed have been looked at by a librarian. If ever you are not sure about whether or not a source fits what your instructor asks for, the best person to contact is your instructor.

To evaluate your sources, you need to look at the date, the source itself, the author and if there is a bias of some kind. For more information about how to do this, you can visit the library’s Information Skills Tutorial section on Evaluating Your Sources. This will walk you through a brief tutorial and give more examples for you to think about so you can better understand how to evaluate your sources.


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