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Evaluating Sources: 1. Authorship & 2. Currency

1. Authorship

  • Who wrote the information?
  • What are his or her credentials and professional affiliation? 
  • If there isn't an author listed, is the information authored by a government, corporate, or non-profit agency?  Is the agency or organization recognized in the field in which you are studying, and is it suitable to address your topic?

2. Currency

  • Does your topic require current information?
  • Does the source include a date of publication or a "last updated" date?
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