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Arts of Africa: Evaluating information

Resources and strategies for researching African art

Evaluating Information

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Evaluating your sources

Authority - Find out who's telling you the information, an expert or scholar?

Source - Who's the publisher or entity responsible for presenting the information?

Coverage - Is it scholarly or popular? Who's the intended audience? (Check the vocabulary, language and tone.) What's the depth/scope?

Accuracy - Are the facts, names, dates, etc correct?

Objectivity - Is there a bias or particular viewpoint?

Date - Is it recent? (Is that relevant?)