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Why Evaluate?: Evaluating Sources: Checklist

A table to defining types of publications and best places to search for them.

Purpose

Purpose

  • Does the page or article meet your needs? _____
  • Are the tone, content and style of the article or page meeting the needs of your  audience? _____

Authority

Authority

  • Is there an author listed? _____
  • Does the author cite sources or a bibliography? _____
  • Does the author cite formal credentials or experience? _____
  • Can you contact the author? _____
  • Do you know who sponsored or published the page or journal? _____

Accuracy

Accuracy

  • Does the article/site provide documentation for the information provided? _____
  • Does the article/site provide information that contradicts other sources? _____
  • Does the article/site include an explanation of its research methods? _____

Currency

Currency

  • Has the site been updated recently?  Is the date of the last revision posted? _____
  • Is the subject matter time-sensitive? _____

Objectivity/Bias

Objectivity/Bias

  • Is the author affiliated with a particular organization that might have a bias? _____
  • Are all sides of an issue represented? _____
  • Does the absence of other viewpoints indicate a bias or hidden agenda? ____

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