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Research Process Tutorial: Evaluate & Choose sources

Research is more meaningful if you can tie it in with your career or personal life.

Evaluate & Choose sources - Use Library Resources

Step 2: Evaluate Information that has not been filtered by a library database.

Hint: Do all your resources pass an evaluation test?

C.R.A.A.P. P. 

I need to decide WHICH articles are worth my time.

CHOOSE the most relevant, trustworthy, and current resources.

is for RATIONALE, the reason it exists.  This will also let you know what the content BIAS is.
is for AUTHORITY, is the author an EXPERT? Who says?
is for DATE, is it CURRENT information? Some theories change in days.
A is for ACCURACY of information. Is the information you are receiving COMPLETE and IN CONTEXT, or cherry-picked and deceiving?
R is for RELEVANT, this could also be the first thing.  If it isn't useful for your goal, don't waste your time by reading.

If information doesn't pass a RADAR test, it is probably not worth your time.

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Caution: If you decide to use content that is unreliable, biased, or from an anonymous source, be careful to explain why you are still using such untrustworthy information.  

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