>Who is the author/creator? What is their expertise? Is it education or experience? Did they live through an event? What makes them an authority?
>Is there anything about this source that makes you doubt its credibility? Are there sources cited? What are these sources and does the author correctly interpret these sources?
>When and why was this source written? Is it trying to sell something or inform you? Is is too old to be relevant? Do you need something older?
>Does this information help you with your research need? Does it add value? What does it lack?
>How do you plan on using this source? Is it background info? Is it something you are arguing against?
Broad/General Academic Searches
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Do you know what sort of subject area that your research falls under? Try finding a database through the Databases Grouped by Subject page. Pick a subject and you'll be taken to a page where the liaision librarian for that subject has compiled a list of appropriate databases for you to use.
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