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Research is so important in education and life today. We research EVERYTHING from casual research like checking reviews on the latest technology purchase you plan to make to more formal research for a class assignment. But how do we know what sources are reliable to use? A word to remember when researching is CARS. Huh!?! What does CARS have to do with research?!? Check out the table below. This is great to use when trying to determine if a source you are wanting to use is reliable or not. Happy Researching!

Credibility

trustworthy source. author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

Accuracy

up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

Reasonableness

fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence in fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably concerned with the truth.

Support

listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).

 

 

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