Whether using a book, a scholarly article, or a Web site, it is important to use the following criteria to critically evaluate the information you locate:

Currency | Authority | Purpose | Point of view

When determining the purpose, ask yourself these questions:


You are researching information on contemporary Brazilian culture. Your results will likely come from various sources intended for different audiences:

  • General encyclopedias such as Britannica and The World Book and even subject encyclopedias such as Countries and their Cultures will offer information aimed at general audiences
  • Some Web sites may present cultural information geared toward travelers while others may be promoting festivals or other cultural events
  • Scholarly books and articles will likely provide in-depth information focusing on specific aspects of Brazilian culture