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Evaluating Sources Help Guide

You've found a source - but how do you know if it's the right source for your needs? This guide will discuss approaches to evaluating sources for your research.

Sample Sources Exercise

Now that you’ve finished reading this guide, it’s time to test what you learned. Below are a list of sample articles. Read and evaluate each one according to the parameters listed in this guide. 

Sample Research Topic: Immigration Reform in the US

Sample Articles:

Questions to Answer:

  • Which articles are scholarly? Where are they from? How do you know?
  • Which articles are opinions? What is the bias? How do you know?
  • Which articles are trustworthy or reliable? How do you know?
  • Which articles should you avoid using? Why?


Ready to evaluate your sources? Here are some worksheets that can help!