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Evaluating Resources

You’ve gone to the library and searched the databases to find dozens of books and articles. Surely this will this be enough information to write your paper. Think again about the research questions you want to answer. If you are finding your question answered in every source, it may be accepted as fact. This would be a topic that doesn’t need to be explored further. What kind of questions do you have when reading these sources? Think about taking your questions to the next level. You also need to have a variety of sources: reviewed articles, books, subject encyclopedia articles, and the most current works on the subject.

Here are some sample questions to ask yourself with each source before you go any further:

At this point, you will need to be flexible. You may need to search with more complex keywords or search in a library database for more research articles. Remember, you want quality sources. If you don’t have enough, your teacher or librarian will be glad to help.

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