Evaluating sources allows you to select and vet relevant information that will inform your research, provide evidence for your arguments, and enter you into the scholarly conversation about your topic. Evaluating sources can happen in phases: when you first find a source (quick evaluation), and when you review your collected sources as you narrow down to which ones you will use.
QUICK EVALUATION (mental checklist)
Tip - write down the bold words below on a post-it to keep while you look for sources.
Purpose and audience: Why was this source created? Who is the intended audience?
Objectivity: Does the source contain fact, opinion, propaganda, or bias?
Accuracy and reliability: Is the information well researched? Is it scholarly or popular?
Authority: Who are the author and publisher?
Currency: When was the source published?
Purpose and intended audience:
Objectivity or bias:
Authority and credibility: Credibility Video
Accuracy and reliability:
Currency and timeliness:
Once a source passes your evaluation, you need to decide if you will use it.
For each source, ask yourself:
Do you have enough sources? Ask yourself: