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How to Evaluate a Source
To determine whether your source is rigorous enough and reputable enough to be used in your paper, ask yourself the following questions.
Who is the author? It could be an organization or group as well as an individual.
What are his/her/their qualifications and credentials?
What is the domain (.gov, .com, .org) and what does that suggest?
What is the purpose of the website? (entertainment? business? education? persuasion?
advocacy for an issue or policy?)
What does the “about us” or “who we are” link say about the purpose and goals of
Are there links to other organizations or websites? What are the purposes of these sites?
Quality of information:
Is the site up-to-date? Check to see when it was updated, revised, maintained.
Are the links current and working or do they lead to error messages and outdated pages?
The University of Maryland has a great website evaluation form that will help you collect information about your website to determine whether you should use it.
Placing a hold on a book from another school library is easy. Please follow these steps:
One of the most important research skills is evaluating your source material. The internet can be a great place to find information, but it is all too easy to find information that is misleading, false, biased, or outdated. When you use internet sources, you need to consider the source from various angles before deciding if you should use it.
At the high school level and above, the sources you cite should reflect the appropriate academic rigor.
Sources that are appropriate for high school and college-level work
Sources that are NOT appropriate for high school and college-level work
Databases like EBSCO, Opposing Viewpoints, US History in Context, Science Today, etc.
Online newspaper and magazine sites like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, etc.
Sparknotes, PinkMonkey, Schmoop, BookRags, GradeSaver, etc.
Articles, essays and instructional materials prepared by a professor for a college or university
Papers, essays, and class assignments created by high school or college students
Most sources (if not all) have some sort of point of view, and the researcher needs to understand this point of view in order to evaluate the information provided by the source. Even sources that appear to be straight news might have a slant or a political agenda that flavors the reporting they do. The fact that an organization, or an author, may have a point of view does not mean that you can’t use the information; it just means you need to be aware of any bias and evaluate the information effectively.