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Evaluating Information Sources

Use this guide to discover some acronyms to remember when evaluating information sources - pick your favorite!



Fortunately there’s a simple acronym that can be used as a tool for evaluating information. In the same way that a ship captain uses radar to navigate the open waters, researchers can use RADAR to navigate the oceans of information on the web. Each letter in the word represents a criteria by which to measure the reliability of sources.

Rationale – Why is this information being made available?

Authority – Who is the author(s) or the work and what are the person’s credentials?

Date – Is the information current? Does your research require timely sources?

Accuracy – Was the information reviewed by editors or subject experts before it was published?

Relevance – Does the information answer your research question?

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