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Evaluating Resources and Misinformation

The SMART Check

The SMART Check is particularly helpful when evaluating news stories.  Determine if your news source is SMART before believing what is reported.    

Lone Star College Library:

S Scope What is the scope of the article?  Does it cover the subject with enough depth and detail?
M Motivation What is the purpose of the article?  To sell you an idea or to inform?
A Authority
Who created the article, and what are the author's credentials?
Can the information be verified?
R Relevancy
Is the content appropriate for your needs?  Do you have to have scholarly sources?
T Timely

Is the content current? 

Clinical Librarian

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Kaitlyn Van Kampen
Clinical Librarian
Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 263