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ENG 111

Evaluating Sources

When researching, it’s important to analyze and evaluate your sources for credibility, accuracy, bias, and usefulness. Here are some things to think about and ask yourself when evaluating your sources. 

  • What:
    • What type of source is it? (ex: scholarly journal article, newspaper article, website, etc.)
    • What is the scope of the coverage? Is it a general overview or an in-depth analysis?
    • What sources does the author cite?
    • What biases or assumptions may have influenced the author?
  • Who:
    • Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations?
    • Who is the intended audience?
    • Who is the publisher and/or sponsor of the source?
  • Where/When:
    • Where did the source come from? (ex: a library database, a textbook, Google Scholar, a blog, etc.)
    • When was the source published or posted? Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Why:
    • Why was this source created? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • How:
    • How does this source compare to other similar sources?
    • How is this source relevant to your research?

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