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Evaluating Information


Regardless of where you are getting your information, you need to be aware of a few simple attributes about whatever information you are using.

When evaluating information, here are five helpful considerations:

Currency: timeliness of the information.

Relevance: importance of the information for your need.

Authority: source of the information.

Accuracy: reliability, truthfulness, correctness.

Purpose: reason that the information exists.

Recommended General Database

Use Academic Search Ultimate as a starting point for any kind of English 110 paper. The content is broad in scope and should be helpful if you are just starting your research. 

Recommended Databases for Argumentative Essays

pros and cons
Use these databases to find research about more standard controversial topics. 

Subject Focused Research Databases

APA Citation Style and Grammar Guidelines

MLA Citation Style

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