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True Crime Writing

Identifying Quality Information

People write for many different reasons - to inform, entertain, persuade, mislead, satirize, describe, etc. and the quality of the information can depend on the reason it was written or shared. Information changes as new facts, data, and knowledge comes to light. In an academic assignment, it is important to use information that is reliable, accurate, objective, and up-to-date. You will need to evaluate each source you locate, to determine if it is something that will support or contradict your thesis and/or topic. You will look at more sources than you need, and that is okay, and encouraged! The more sources you read, the more informed you are about the topic and can pick the best resources for your assignment.

Below is a list of videos, eBooks, and websites that can help you evaluate information and sources.

Find Background Information

Sources such as encyclopedias and hot topics databases can be good places to get a sense of what some of the areas of interest within your topic are. 

Compare Coverage

Search for Books

Use the links below to search for titles in the Wright State University Catalog and the OhioLINK Catalog.


Check out these video tutorials for assistance on searching the catalogs and placing an item on hold:

Databases and Search Engines

Snopes

Fact-Checking Resources

Use these nonpartisan resources to check facts and educate yourself.

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