Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2023     Views: 13010

When you are looking at a source for clues in determining whether or not it is appropriate to use in a college research assignment, there are several important criteria to keep in mind: 

  • authority (is the author an expert?)
  • accuracy (is the information correct?)
  • objectivity (is the information unbiased?)
  • currency (is the information up to date?)

The following FAQs will help you critically evaluate your sources:


Also: remember to double-check your assignment instructions, to make sure you are allowed to use open websites as a source.   If you need scholarly sources, click here for tips.


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