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Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources: The Basics

  • Who wrote it?
  • What are the author's credentials?
  • Who sponsors the web page?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • What is the purpose of the page? 
    Advocacy, news, opinion, scholarship...
  • When was the information published?
  • Has a more recent publication disputed these claims?
  • Is there a bias?
  • How can you tell?
  • Are facts accurately cited?
  • Are sources cited? 
  • Are citations from well-known authorities?

Other Criteria

  • How deeply is the topic covered? 
  • What other information do you need to round out your argument?
  • Is the content (article, book, etc.) easily available? Do you have enough time to use ILL? 

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