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Wikipedia

These sources provide an overview of Wikipedia as a research tool:

This video (3:36) explains how to leverage Wikipedia to find reputable sources for college-level research.

This excellent video discusses how information is added to Wikipedia and issues to be aware of as a user (6:41).

 

Evaluating Sources

Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:


AuthorWho produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?

Publication TypeWhere was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.

AccuracyDoes the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources? How does the information compare to other sources you have found?

Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?


For more tips and guidelines, see:

 

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