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REA 011/017 - Pro and Con - Evaluating Sources

Information Smog

The skyline disappears in the smog of Shanghai, China

The amount of information available to you is massive and continues to grow exponentially. This is especially true for controversial issues in the news for which there are many different perspectives. 

Just as Shanghai residents struggle to see their city clearly through the smog, this massive amount of information can make it difficult to identify academically reliable sources for your research.

With this guide, you will learn important research strategies that will make it easier for you to find, evaluate, and select reliable pro and con sources, while gaining a better understanding of the kind of information you need to complete your assignment. 

You will also build your information literacy - the ability to find, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use information for a given purpose.

(Image: China Smog by erhard.renz on Flickr. CC-BY 2.0)