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Country Information: Evaluating Sources

Political, Cultural and Geographical information about countries is available through a variety of sources in the library and on the Web. By reading and exploring the sources provided in this guide you may save yourself some research time!

Evaluate your Sources

Before you use a website -- or any source -- for an assignment, consider:

  • Purpose: Why was it created?
  • Authority: Who created this material? What are the author’s credentials?
  • Scope/Coverage: What does it include and leave out?
  • Accuracy: Is the information provided correct?
  • Currency: When was it created or last updated?
  • Objectivity: What is the author’s or sponsor’s point of view?

There are many variations on this technique -- here are links to a few of them.

Evaluating Web Sites