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ENGL 2311: Technical and Business Writing: Prof. McGilbrey: Evaluate Your Sources

Evaluate Your Sources

Use the TRAAP method to evaluate your sources.


Timeliness: Is the information current or outdated?

Relevance: How useful is the information for your research?  Corroborate from several sources.

Authority: Who is the author? Is this from a responsible organization?

Accuracy: Is the information reliable, truthful and correct? Does it come from a reputable source?

Purpose: Is the information biased or is it presenting an objective/balanced viewpoint?

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