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Learn to Research

A guide that will teach you the basic steps to completing research for your assignments.

Evaluating Information

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Is your information credible ?

A good research assignment starts with S.T.A.R. quality information. 

Evaluate the quality of the information sources you find using the S.T.A.R. criteria. 


  • Who is the author?
  • Who is making the information available?
  • What are their credentials or qualifications?
  • What makes them an authority on this subject?
  • Is the source biased or expressing opinion or trying to sell something?
  • Choose sources that are credible and relatively objective.


  • When was the information published or last updated?
  • Does the date of publication matter to your assignment?
  • For example, if you are working on a current event, or a science or health topic, you will need something that has been published recently.
  • If you are working on a historical topic, currency may not be as important.


  • Is the information free of spelling, grammatical and technical errors?
  • Where did the information come from?
  • Look for information or references that can be verified.


  • Does this information meet the requirements of your assignment?
  • How will it help answer the question you are asking?
  • Choose information that will help you build a strong argument, illuminate concepts, or provide the best evidence.