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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Criminology Research Guide

Criminology Resources at the UMD Library

Evaluating Information

With the wealth of information available to you, 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 information up to date? Does it reflect the current trends of the discipline?
  • Contact information: Is it possible to contact the author or institution?

Other Criminal Justice Libguides

Criminology and Criminal Justice Web Resources