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Selecting materials to use in
your paper requires careful evaluation of each item you have collected.
Critical thinkers analyze the data they've retrieved. Here are a couple
of questions to ask yourself:
Have you selected materials published by well respected, mainstream publishers or journals?
Have you selected unreliable sources such as a blog or websites like Wikipedia?
Wikipedia may be OK to use for gathering background information but
should not be used as a source for your assignment. Anyone can put
information on the web but databases contain articles from scholarly
journals and other respected publications. The library buys
subscriptions to databases and periodicals so you can have trusted
information to use for your research rather than unreliable,
questionable information you may find on the World Wide Web.
Allows you to identify your political representatives and information about them (including biographical information, campaign finances, voting records, and interest group ratings). Information available for federal and state representatives.