Evaluating All Sources
Consider these criteria to assess your sources:
Author: Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?
Publication Type: Where was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.
Accuracy: Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources?
Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?
Evaluating Web Sites
Follow these guidelines to evaluate web sites:
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Quesitons to Ask (from the UC Berkeley Library)
Evaluating Web Sites (from Clark College)
Distinguishing Propaganda and Misinformation (from the Johns Hopkins University Libraries)