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A Research Guide for Beginners

A Guide for New Students

Evaluating Your Sources

Evaluating your sources is a key part of your research process. There is an overwhelming amount of information that can be accessed through a number of different search engines and databases. This page will give you some tools that you can use to start that process. In addition, it is good to keep some key points in mind:

1) When researching you will often read more sources than you actually use, and that it fine

2) Look at your sources citations both to make sure your source is accurate and to find new sources

3) It is always important to research where your source came from and who wrote it

4) Different sources can be used for different purposes

Crash Course Information Literacy

If you have the time, then consider watching through this crash course playlist on information literacy and digital literacy. More likely than not you will rely on digital sources because Concordia University Library does not have a physical collection, so it would be good to familiarize yourself with all the ins and outs of digital information literacy. Be sure to check out the whole playlist which has videos on topics like infographics or Wikipedia. 

CRAAP Method

If you do not have the time to look through all of the videos in the Crash Course playlist, then this test could be a useful stop-gap (not a permanent solution). The CRAAP method was developed at CSU and can be a good starting place for evaluating resources. This method is outdated in some ways, but in general it can give some good general pointers. 

Adaptation of the CRAAP test by CSU made by Austin Community College

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