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Evaluating and Selecting Resources

Use this guide to learn how to evaluate different types of resources and determine their value.

About This Guide

Welcome to the Evaluating and Selecting Resources Research Guide. This guide was designed to help students who are conducting research evaluate resources for credibility. 

Navigate through the pages on the menu to the left for more information. 

Why Evaluate: Understand why evaluation is important and detrimental to credible research. Learn the ACT UP Method of evaluation, understand different types of information sources, and when to use a search engine versus a database. 

Citations: Use the citation page to learn why it's important to cite and different methods of citation. 

Citation Tools: This page provides tools to help with formatting citations for bibliographies and references. 

Feel free to contact the library for assistance at any point in your research process, whether you're just starting a project or you're hitting a dead end. Chat services and librarian contact information can be found on the left side of this page. Or, schedule a research consultation by clicking on the link below.

Schedule a Research Consultation

Goldstein Library provides research consultations with Research Librarians who are interested in your topic and excited to help you research! We are prepared to help you find the information you need to be successful! Our specialization is helping artists and designers find the materials that they need for reference and research (images, books, journal articles, websites, videos, and more); helping you understand how you can use what you find ethically; and how to cite your sources.