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Getting Started with Research: Evaluate and Analyze Sources

Sometimes the hardest part of research is getting started! Here are some tutorials and tools to help.

Evaluate and Analyze Sources

Evaluate and Analyze Sources

Accuracy: copyright date, last update, sources verified, quality of source material, range of dates for source material, links work

Bias: both sides equally presented, no facts omitted, not a parody

Credentials: authors' credentials, contact information, sponsor or publisher of website

Primary Source: created during the time period you are researching (for example, a diary, a letter, a speech from that period, etc.)

Secondary Source: is a source that was created to analyze or report on the event or time period.

Answers essential questions?

CARE Web Evaluation

CARE Web Evaluation

Here at JSRHS, we use the CARE Evaluation criteria to evaluate sources.

The CARE Web Evaluation Worksheet and criteria was used with permission from Donna Zecha, Hopkinton Middle/High School

Using Internet Searches

Just because it is on the internet doesn't make it true! 

Unless you are collecting information from the Library Research Databases or an evaluated website, you need to test your source using the CARE Web Evaluation test and conduct a website evaluation tool search. 

Save yourself some time, use Library Research Databases!


Primary or Secondary Source?