More about Relevance
Things to consider:
Is the format or medium of the information useful for your assignment?
Information is available in many different formats. Before selecting a source, consider whether it is in the most useful format for your needs? Be sure to review the requirements of your assignment. In some instances, your assignment may specifically require you use sources of a particular format. For example:
Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
When considering a source, also think about how in-depth or comprehensive you need the information to be. For example, sources such as general encyclopedias provide only a summary or brief background information on a topic. These sources are useful for quick reference needs, short assignments, or to give you an overview of your topic.
For assignments that require more depth and detail, you will need to use more comprehensive sources that take a deeper dive into your topic such as books or articles from journals or magazines.
Is the information a primary or secondary source?
Some assignments require the use of primary sources. Primary sources provide direct, first-hand accounts of your research topic. These include diaries, letters or emails, manuscripts, official documents, and firsthand reports of events.
A secondary source summarizes, analyzes, interprets or reports on primary source information.
Here are some specific examples:
Does the information express a bias, preferring 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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