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Determine if you have the right source for your assignment

General criteria

When choosing sources to include in your paper, you are looking for sources that:

To make any of these decisions, you need to have some idea of what your paper will discuss in the first place (check out our guides to Getting Started). Don't worry if you don't initially find the sources or answers you expect to find--it takes time and patience. If you're getting frustrated or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask a librarian.

Assessing specific sources

When choosing sources, you probably won't have time to read it in its entirety before deciding if you can use it for your research paper. Here are some tips for determining if different books, articles and web pages will be beneficial to you:

Books

Articles

Web pages