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Evaluate Your Sources

What you need to evaluate and how to do it.

What sources did the author(s) use?

The amount and type of documentation used affects the value of your source and may help you verify the facts or conclusions presented. Documentation generally consists of bibliography, footnotes, credits, sources, or quotations. Resources that include documentation are considered more reliable and scholarly and are more suitable for college level research. Your instructors know that having documentation makes it easier to evaluate a work--that's why it's usually required on your research papers!

Where to Find the Documentation

Documentation is usually at the end of a book, article, or Web page.

Screenshot of documentation in a book, click to see full size