Evaluating your Sources

 

Try using the four basic evaluation guideline categories that Web experts consult.

 

Accuracy?

1.      Does the content contain numerous spelling errors and/or typos?

2.      Is the Web pageís creation date present?

3.      Is the information current or outdated?

4.      Is the content detailed or too general?

5.      Are arguments well supported?

 

Credibility?

1.      Does the page contain the authorís name, position, or occupation?

2.      Is the author affiliated with a well-known organization?

3.      Is there a means of contacting the creator (e.g., e-mail or phone)?

4.      Are the writerís credentials on the page?

5.      Are the credentials relevant to the topic?

6.      Is the page peer-reviewed?

 

Documented?

1.      Is the original source of the content material apparent?

2.      Is there a bibliography?

3.      Are statisticsí sources identified?

 

Appropriate?

1.      What is the scope of the page in terms of its topicís coverage?

2.      Is only one view presented, or are others noted and/or represented?

3.      Does the authorís writing style seem more emotional than objective?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:† Vasile, Albert.† Speak with Confidence:† A Practical Guide.† 9th ed.† New York:† Pearson, 2004.