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Is the Information Relevant?

Not all information is appropriate for a particular assignment or information need. One of the key evaluation questions you must ask about a source is how relevant, that is useful or pertinent, the information is to your needs. Consider the following questions:

  • Is the format or medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  • Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  • Is the information a primary or secondary source?
  • Does the information express a particular point of view, or is the information balanced, providing all points of view?
  • Is the information directed toward a general or a specialized audience?
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