Choosing Information

Before you begin to read or take notes — choose your sources  of information carefully;  not all sources are reliable.    Differentiating reliable from unreliable sources  is an important life skill, and is essential for research at both the high school and post-secondary levels.  Of the Top Ten Research Skills for First Year University Students,  three relate to source evaluation.


  • To evaluate the reliability of any source, review the differences between popular and academic/scholarly sources, and be able to apply the C.A.R.E.S criteria  to EVERY source you are considering — whether text or image.
  • Begin with the suggested sources below — which link to vetted sources and provide built-in research tools.


Choosing Information

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