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Research Guide for MAE 480 (WVU Tech): Evaluating & Managing Resources

This guide contains resources to support MAE 480: Mechanical Engineering Systems Design I

Guide to Evaluate Sources of Information

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A Authority—who created or wrote the document; was the document published by an individual or an organization with a repuation for research in this area?  What organization is the author affilated with?
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B Bias—why did they create it; was it published objectively?  Is it his/her own personal opinion?  Does it look like the person is for or against an issue without any proper research to back it up?
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C Current—how recently was the item published?  Does it appear that the site is updated regularly?
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D Documentation—where did the information come from; is there a bibliography?