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Literature Search: Finding Information Effectively

Evaluate Your Results

Review your sources to see if the materials found are:

o   Relevant:  By studying the books' table of contents or by reading the article's abstract.

o   Current:  By checking the date of publication.  Topics in the sciences usually require information that is current.

o   Written for an appropriate audience:  By examining the body of the source to see if it is too elementary, too technical, too advanced, or just right for your needs.

o   Authoritative:  By finding out the author's credentials and publisher's reputation.  Example:  Has your instructor mentioned this author?  Was the author cited in other sources or bibliographies?  Were the articles published in scholarly or peer-reviewed journals that require certain criteria to be met before publication?