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ENGL 1301 - Family Heritage

The purpose of this research guide is to help students find information for Dr. Bryant's heritage research assignment.

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Sources PentagonIn conducting research, you find information from numerous sources like:

  • Books

  • Databases

  • Trade Journals

  • The Internet

  • And More!

You'll need to sort through this information to determine what best answers your research question. When examining a source, keep the 5 W's in mind: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.


  • Who created this information?
  • What are their qualifications?
  • \What is their educational or occupational background?
  • What about their qualifications makes them a more credible author?


  • What is the source telling me about my topic?
  • Does this information actually answer the question you're asking?
  • Who is the intended audience of this information, and is it appropriate for your needs?


  • When was this information created?
  • Has it been updated?
  • Is it current enough for the topic you're researching?


  • Where did the creator get their information?
  • Did the author cite their sources?
  • Can you verify the information given with another independent source?


  • Why was this information made?
  • Does it want to inform, entertain, or persuade?
  • Is this information biased?
  • Does it exist to convince you to think, act, or vote a certain way?
  • Or purchase a particular product?

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