Clue 1: Currency

Currency is important because information can quickly become obsolete. Supporting your thesis statement with facts that have been superseded by new research or recent events weakens your argument. An article about the use of stem cells in scientific research from 1998 would not provide the most accurate information about the status of stem cell research today. Of course, not all assignments require the most current information; older materials can provide an historical or comprehensive understanding of your topic.

How do you know if the timeliness of your information is appropriate?
  • When was the information published or last updated?
  • Have newer articles been published on your topic?
  • Are links or references to other sources up to date?
  • Is your topic in an area that changes rapidly, like technology or popular culture?
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