Research requires critical thinking to determine if the sources that you found for your assignments are credible and meet academic research standards.
Credible sources are reliable, trustworthy sources of information. Use your own judgment to question the reliability of the source and evaluate its quality and relevance to your research. Here are some questions to bear in mind when trying to determine the reliability of a source:
Who is the author of the source?
Is this information reliable?
Is this information relevant to your topic?
Learn to apply these types of questions to all sources that you use, including books, articles, websites, news, and media materials. Always examine critically all sources that you use. For detailed guidelines on evaluating each type of source, consider the criteria by format for books, articles, websites and media.
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