Research Survival Guide

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Where it came from -- the author

Before taking information at face value it is important to do some investigating. Learning about the author who is responsible for creating the resources is essential in determining a source’s reliability.

In evaluating the author Image

  • Who is the author?
  • Is the author affiliated with an organization or institution?
  • What expertise or authority does the author have on this topic?

To find answers to these questions:

  • See what you can find out about the author’s educational background,
    work experience, and other writings. (Articles and books often include this information)
  • Use the library catalog or database to search for other writings by the author
  • Look for reviews of the piece or of other writings by the same author
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