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Emergency and Fire Services: Statistics & Web Sites
You need to critically evaluate ALL information sources, whether from the web, in print, your professor, or the library (this can be done at differing levels; you generally want to evaluate at a deeper level items you find on the open web). Ideally you want to make sure you are finding literature that represents a variety of viable (and potentially conflicting) perspectives on your topic. You also need to critically evaluate each piece of information you intend to use in your research for:
reliability (see Rat TRAP handout below),
to make sure it meets the needs of your assignment, and
to see if it provides supporting evidence for the arguments/ideas in your paper.
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