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The Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: Step 3: Evaluate

This guide walks you through the steps of the research process.


When doing research, it is important to find information that is reliable and appropriate for your assignment

Some assignments may require you to use certain types of sources such as primary or secondary sources, or specific types of periodicals such as scholarly journals. Other assignments may require you to limit the number sources you use. Often Internet sources fall into this category.

In all cases, you should always evaluate the information included in your assignments.

Why Evaluate?

Knowing how to evaluate information will help you with research assignments and also with the bigger decisions you make in life.

Knowing how to find relevant, reliable, and accurate, can help you make informed decisions about things like graduate school, a new car purchase, financial aid options, daycare choices, and more.

Evaluating Sources

Used with permission of Lori Micho, Johnson & Wales University Library.

Building Blocks of Information Evaluation

 When you're looking for good web sources, think about these issues:

See the "Criteria for Evaluating Sources" on Page 3a  for more help with these concepts.

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Michele Nicole Johnson
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College of Coastal Georgia