Purpose and intended audience:
- -Why was this source created?
- -What is the author’s intent for the source (inform, persuade, other)?
- -Who is the intended audience (scholars/experts, general population, other)?
Objectivity or bias:
- -Does the source contain fact, opinion, propaganda, or bias?
- -Is the information presented in the source objective (unbiased) or subjective (biased)?
- -Does the information have a political, religious, economic, or social agenda?
- -This may require finding more information on the author, publisher, and funding sources.
Authority and credibility: Credibility Video
- -Who is the author?
- -What are the qualifications of the author?
- -How was the source published?
- -Who is the publisher? Is the publisher creditable?
Accuracy and reliability:
- -Is the information in the source well researched?
- -Did the author cite their sources of information?
- -Who and what did they cite?
Currency and timeliness:
- -When was the information created and/or published?
- -Is current information required for your topic?
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