When reading a book, pay attention to clues to find out what it is about and if the book is relevant to the topic for which you are finding information or if it is an appropriate source. For example, look at the following parts of a book:
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When reading or working on an assignment, you should conduct your research with a critical eye. As you read or view your research sources, consider not only the content provided by the writer(s) but its purpose and how it is written. Consider the who is the audience for which it was written and evaluate the supporting information provided by the author. Does the author use unbiased or emotionally-charged language? Learn to distinguish between fact and interpretation. Draw your own conclusions!
According to the Study Guides and Strategies website, critical readers tend to have the following traits: