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Sources and critique

How can I trust my resources?

It is very important to go through and evaluate the material you have found.

This is especially true of resources found on the Internet.

The articles in scientific publications have already gone through scientific evaluation before being published. Scientific journals have a system called peer review, which means that all articles are reviewed by researchers within the field before publication to guarantee scientific quality.

In contrast, anyone can publish anything on the Internet so there is no built in system for evaluation. You must therefore remember to judge the quality yourself.

Considering this, evaluation is mostly about judging the quality of webpages. By asking a number of questions you can ascertain if the information will be able to be used in the way you desire.

 

Last updated: September 5, 2007
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