It's important to develop skills to critically evaluate books, articles, websites and other materials before including them in research papers. This page is intended to be a quick introduction, or "what to" consider when evaluating or selecting resources. The need to evaluate resources is nothing new and is actually quite common - there are researchers and fact checkers for news papers, tv shows, movies and documentaries, as well as books. However, the purpose and use of particular resources by an author can be manipulated to prove their point, a current example is fake news. The current discussion around "fake news" is about the use, or lack there of evaluated resources. It is important to be aware of the context of which a book, article, or news report was written and by whom. These topics are addressed through the evaluation of a resource's currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose of resources which can be applied to scholarly research, the news, or finding the accurate information about your own personal hobbies and interests. This LibGuide for example provides resources intended to encourage the critical evaluation of stereotypes directed at the American Muslim community in the United States and the variety and availability of resources available to do so.
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Table taken from Northwestern's Evaluating Sources LibGuide
Visual illustration of CRAAP created by Western University Libraries
Nerd Squirrel reviews resources at Standford Uni. Libraries