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CNX 284: Disruptive Technologies

Evaluating Sources

Below are links to five different sources. In groups you will look at one of these sources to determine:

  1. What type of source are you looking at? 
  2. Is this source credible? What are your criteria to determine this? Be as specific as possible. 
  3. How might you use this type of source in your research? 

Please have someone in your group write the responses to these questions on the wall. You will have 5-10 minutes to answer the questions and then we will share as a group. 

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Reference materials can be great places to go to find background information when you're just getting started. The library has a large print reference collection, but these two databases also contain a great deal of helpful material. 


Search DISCOVER for books, ebooks, movies, articles, & more. 



Recommended Databases

Search in the databases to find scholarly articles on your topic. For search strategies take a look at the "Search Tips" page on this guide. 

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Picking Your Topic is Research

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What makes a good research question?

Consider these questions when formulating your research question:

  • Do you find the research topic interesting?
  • Is your question open ended?
  • Can you take a stand on your topic (compare/contrast, problem solve, etc.)?
  • Is your topic too broad, too narrow, or okay? 
  • Will you be able to find the resources to answer your question? 

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