Why evaluate sources?
Your academic career and personal reputation depend on it!
- If you use poor quality sources, your research paper could contain errors, overly-biased information or out-of-date facts
- Instructors will check your sources to see if you have made good decisions about where you found your information
- Knowing how to evaluate will help you make better decisions in other areas of your life, such as:
finding accurate medical information, voting on issues during election time, presenting reliable information to your coworkers in a meeting...etc.