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ARTH 381 - Italian Renaissance Art: Evaluate Sources

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Evaluate Sources

Evaluate sources to ensure they're accurate, trustworthy, and appropriate for your research papers.

Evaluating Sources

In addition to ensuring sources are scholarly, consider...

Currency: When was the information created or published? Do you need more current information?

Content: Is the information accurate? Does it provide in-depth information or just a summary?

Viewpoint: How does publication date, publisher or other factors affect viewpoint? How opinionated is the piece?

Relevance:  Is the information important for your needs? Do you need a source to get ideas, or to cite in your paper?

How Do I Evaluate A Source?

This video explains the C.R.A.A.P. Test -- 5 simple questions you can apply to any resource to evaluate its quality.

Creative Commons video via Western University Libraries

Popular, Trade and Scholarly Sources - Short Video