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Should I use this article?

You'll want to evaluate an article not only for its authoritativeness and reliability, but also for its relevancy to your topic and the requirements of your assignment.

Most of the information you will need will be available by looking at the detailed record for the item and reading the abstract.

Ask yourself:

  • Who are the authors?
  • What type of publication is this?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the date of the article?
  • How long is the article?
  • After reading the abstract, does this sound like what I'm looking for?