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Evaluating and Citing Information


It is important to evaluate all of your resources (books, articles, podcasts, videos, etc.).

Think about the following:

What is the source trying to do: entertain? persuade? sell? inform?   
Who's responsible for the information? author? publisher? Are references included? 
Is the information correct?  true?  How does it compare with others?
Is it inherently biased?  Are there other sides to the story?
Is the information up-to-date?  timely?
How much detail is included?  What's excluded?


For more information, consult the USM Library’s Evaluating Web Resources guide, or Evaluating Web Pages (UC Berkley) for more in-depth evaluation criteria.

Citation Generators and Style Guides

For online journal articles, see if the database offers a formatted citation in the style you need. Check it for accuracy, because the vendor makes no guarantees, and formatting can change when you copy/ paste into a new file.


‚ÄčLRU Citation Styles Guide for Using APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian Format