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POL 4190 The Senior Seminar: Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Review the Basics

The topic of your class means that you will need to search for both current information and scholarly analysis. You can use these quick tutorials to brush up on types of information sources and how to use library databases in your search process.

Evaluating Information

It can be difficult to know what is a quality source and what isn't. Here are a few things to look for when evaluating resources:

  • Authority and accuracy: Who authored the information? What are their credentials?
  • Intended audience: Is the information directed to a particular group? (researchers, consumers, etc.)
  • Purpose of information: Is the information designed to educate? To market an idea or product?
  • Date created & updated: Is the web site well maintained and recently updated?
  • Contact information: Is it possible to contact the author or institution?