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WRIT 1120: Seminar in Research Writing: Evaluating Sources

Remember Your ABCs!

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Accuracy

Authority

Bias

Coverage

Currency

Evaluating Sources

Accuracy

·         Is the source of information provided?

·         Who is the intended audience?

·         Remember that almost anyone can publish on the web.

 

Authority

·         Can the author of the page be determined?

·         Can you find contact information?

·         Is the author affiliated with an organization, or speaking for him- or herself?

·         Are credentials or qualifications of the individual or organization presented?

 

Bias

·         Does the author have a bias or agenda? Is the bias stated, or hidden?

·         Does the author indicate his or her goal in providing the information?

·         Is there a disclaimer included in the page?

 

Coverage

·         Similar/related to Accuracy.

·         What is the focus of the information?

·         What is the depth of coverage of the information?

 

Currency

·         Are dates included (“first posted” date, “last updated” date)?

·         Is the information current or out of date?

 

(Some definitions and ideas courtesy of http://www.lib.lfc.edu/help/evalweb.html)