For every assignment, and every research question, there is a different set of parameters for determing if information and sources are appropriate and useful.
Consider this statement: There is no such thing as an objectively good or bad source. There are only sources that are good or bad for YOUR research.
There are many different criteria that you need to consider in evaluating if information should be included in your research, or not. You can find a few guiding questions below.
Still not sure if your source is appropriate for your assignment? Reach out to your professor or your course librarians.
Citing your sources is important for giving credit to the work of others and avoiding plagiarism.
In the world of academia (and beyond), proper attribution of sources also demonstrates how you are engaging and adding to the existing body of knowledge. By citing your sources, you are entering into the scholarly conversation.
Questions or concerns about citations? Please contact your course librarian (Allegra), or the Scripps Writing Center.
Here are a few guiding questions to consider when determining if a source is appropriate to use in an assignment:
First off: How do you intend to use this source?
Your use will determine what answers you hope to get from the following questions.
Who is the author?
Why was the source written?
How was it written?
Why was it posted or published?