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Why is it important to evaluate information?

In today's information age anyone who has the necessary skills can find a wealth of information on almost any topic. The challenge, however, is to sift through the huge amount of information available and identify the sources that are reliable and appropriate for the assignment or information need.

Finding sources appropriate for university assignments requires time and critical evaluation. Understanding how to evaluate both print and electronic information should make it easier for you to choose appropriate sources.

The type of research you are doing will determine how closely sources are examined - you may be less critical of information gathered for personal interest than for one of your assignments. Academic research requires accurate, appropriate, and documented sources of information.

Evaluating Information
 
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