Evaluate Your Sources (CAAR)
- Current - Do they represent the most up to date information on this subject?
- Authoritative - Is the author credentialed to speak on this subject? Who publishes the book, journal, or web content? Are they reputable? Reputable authors have degrees or other indicators of their expertise. Publishers may be peer-reviewed scholarly sites such as Cambridge, Oxford, and Yale. Government sites are helpful, as well as think tanks, but review them for accuracy.
- Accurate- Does the source show evidence of bias? Does it fail to support assumptions or cite its sources? Do other experts agree? Are you introducing bias by including only information that proves your thesis and ignoring valid information that might disprove.
- Relevant - Does the information actually fit in with the topic and move the discussion forward?
Your project may include everything from a country report, to an analysis of current world leaders, or a position policy report. Your instructor will provide the information on the specific type of project and the format desired.
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