Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015 Views: 16
Evaluating a source by relevancy means that you are asking: Does it answer your question or contribute to your research?
When considering the relevancy of a source, there are several things to ask yourself:
- Is the scope of the source is appropriate for your research? Does the source provide a general overview of your topic or is it focused specifically on a single aspect of your topic?
- Who is the intended audience for the source? Is the information too basic or too technical? Does it assume you have prior knowledge about the topic?
- How many sources have you found? Have you searched thoroughly enough to find the most relevant sources available?
- Does the source meet the parameters of your assignment? Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research project?
Where should you look to determine the relevancy of a source?
|Print & Database Sources||Websites|
What to avoid:
- Sources that provide minimal usable content for your research
- Sources that provide content which is too broad or too narrow for your research
|EXAMPLES||QUESTIONS TO ASK|
|What is "global climate change"?||Who is the intended audience for this web site? Does it include information that is too technical or too basic?|
|Foreign Affairs||Does this website assume you have prior knowledge about the topic? Does it address a topic broadly or is it very specific?|
|How Stuff Works||Does this website offer a general overview of a topic or does it answer a specific question? Would you feel comfortable citing this source in your research project?|
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