Tips For Evaluating Resources
Accurate, current, and appropriate information are valuable commodities. Be a discriminate consumer of information! If you are not confident that the information you have retrieved is the best information for your purpose, ask a librarian for assistance.
When evaluating information ask yourself . . .
Who is the author?
What type of information is given about the author? Position, Organizational affliliation, contact information?
Is he/she an expert?
Who is the publisher? Are they reputable?
Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Does the author cite the sources of information used in the document? Are those sources verifiable?
Is this fact or opinion?
Is the information biased in any way?
What kind of sites does this one link to?
Who is the intended audience? Determine the aim of the author or organization publishing the site.
Is it an advertisement for a product or service?
Is it for political purposes? Is it trying to sway public opinion on a social issue?
Is the information up to date?
Is the information current enough for your research?
Has the information been updated? Are the resources used and information provided by the author current?
Is the information relevant to your research?
Would you quote information from this source?