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ABCD's of Evaluating Sources


A = Author

  • Are the authors experts on the topic? 
  • Also, think about the publisher or source. Have you heard of it before? 

B = Bias

  • What is the purpose of this information… to inform, teach, persuade, or sell?
  • Is there a reason why the author published this information?

C = Content

  • Is the information about your topic or something else? Does the information match your understanding of the topic? 
  • Compare the content to those of other related articles. Do not rely on only one source! 

D = Date

  • When was the information was published or updated? Has the information become outdated? 
  • Also, look at the date of the reference list provided. Are those sources too old?

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Citing Sources

Whenever you borrow someone's work for a research project, you must give credit to the author or artist. If not, it's plagiarism. Remember to list the name of the work, the author, and when the work was published.

Play Mix-n-Mash by Common Sense Education to practice giving credit to the author's work. 

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How to Know When to Cite:

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