READ:

Sometimes titles and summaries of sources are misleading. We cannot always tell whether something is relevant by only looking at the first page. Taking a few minutes to *carefully scan* the entire article will help you decide if an article is relevant.

  REFLECT:

Consider your research question. What are you hoping to accomplish with your paper or project? What kind of information would be helpful in accomplishing this? Remember *you* are the only one who can decide if something is relevant for your purposes, but your instructor might have valuable insights as well.

  QUESTION:

Ask yourself these questions to see how your topic and your potential source relate:

  • Does this source make my paper/presentation better? What does this source do for me?
  • How could I using this source in a helpful way? For example:
  • Does it provide background or contextual information? Does it provide evidence for one of my points? Can I analyze it to undermine an opposing argument? Can I use the information as an example to illustrate a point?

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