When choosing books, articles, websites, and other sources to use for your research, evaluate them to determine whether and how to use them.
The timeliness of the information:
The importance of the information in relation to your topic:
Consider the source:
The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content:
The reason the information exists:
Wikipedia is a tool that can be useful for your research as long as you understand how to use it and its limitations.
Consider the Source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
Check the Date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
Check Your Biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
Supporting Sources: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
Is It a Joke?: If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Ask the Experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.
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