Relevance helps me select sources that answer my research question and is written to the right audience. I don't want to waste time searching for information that isn't related to my topic!

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Does the information relate to my topic or answer my research question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e., not too elementary or advanced)?
  • Have I looked at a variety of sources before deciding this is one I will use?
  • Will I be comfortable citing this source in my research paper?

Let's see how this works. Look at the citations for articles below.

Which one do you think is more relevant? Click to choose.

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