Relevancy refers to the appropriateness of the source for your needs.
The source that I found meets my requirements for authority, accuracy, bias and currency. This means that it's a perfect match for my information needs!
Hold on one minute. There's one more step to take before you can use your source. Even if the source passes your other areas of evaluation, if it is not relevant to your information needs, then it's not appropriate to use.
Ask yourself these questions when thinking about if a source is relevant or not:
For example, if you are required to use primary documents in a research paper about colonial America, it's important to find primary documents about colonial America as opposed to secondary documents about World War II.
For example, if you want to find general information about your favorite reality TV star, you don't have to worry so much about the type of source you use or the scope of the information.
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