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Research Guide for Students Still Deciding Their Major

This guide is specifically designed for students who have not yet declared their major. It provides information on types of sources, finding sources, citing sources, and learning library terminology.

Types of Sources (video)

Types of Sources video developed by Instruction and Student Engagement Department, Milner Library, Illinois State University
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When evaluating an information source, keep in mind these general criteria and questions:

reliability: Are the facts accurate?

credibility: Is the author an authority on the topic?

perspective: Is the source written as an opinion or does it use other sources as evidence?

purpose: Does this material inform, explain, persuade?