When begining to research a new topic you may run across several different resources about the subject. Unfortunately not all resources are of the same quality, some are excellent, some are good, and some are not so good so it is important to evaluate each source. There are a few important thing to keep in mind when evaluating a source
1. Who is the author: is the author considered an authority on the subject?
2. When was the material published: if you are writing about current events you want to choose current publications, things may have changed in respect to your subject and you will want to make reference to this in your writing.
3. Is there a bias in the work: does the work take a conservative view, a liberal view, is it sponsored by a company or organization that would benefit from a certain slant being protrayed.
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