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Evaluating Sources

What is Fake News?

Video tutorial borrowed with permission from Emilia Marcyk, Instructional Technology and Information Literacy Librarian, Michigan State University. Original can be found here: http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/newsliteracy.

Critically Evaluating Your Sources

Various academic-related words, all in different colors, on white background.

Your Google search returned millions of results.  Or maybe you went to a library database or the catalog, and you still got hundreds of books or articles. Your professor warned you to only use "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" sources. Oh, and they have to be "authoritative" and "unbiased."  What do all those terms mean? How do you isolate the best sources for your research?

This guide will answer these questions and help you critically evaluate all types of sources, from websites to books and articles.

Credibility is Contextual