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ENGR100: Evaluating Sources

Evaluation Checklist

Evaluating and Narrowing Sources

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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