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AMA Citation Guide

The Research Process

Evaluating Information

Avoid falling into an information trap. Learn to think critically about the source of information and the information within each source by applying the T.R.A.A.P. evaluation criteria. Once acquired, the habit of critical analysis will serve you in everything you read.

Evaluating the timeliness, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose of the information you find, whether in print or electronic format, is an essential aspect of doing research. The T.R.A.A.P. evaluation criteria presents a list of questions to ask yourself as you determine whether or not the information found during a search meets your research needs. 

Plagiarism & How to Avoid It

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Student Researchers Use Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Journals

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