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Evaluating Sources: Presidents Research

posted Feb 12, 2015, 8:19 AM by Michael Dreyfus-Pai   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:24 PM by Karen McMillan ]

How to evaluate a source

An eight-point evaluation checklist from the UC Berkeley Library.

  • What can the URL tell you?
  • Who wrote the page? Is he, she, or the authoring institution a qualified authority?
  • Is it dated? Current, timely?
  • Is information cited authentic?
  • Does the page have overall integrity and reliability as a source?
  • What's the bias?
  • Could the page or site be ironic, like a satire or a spoof?
  • If you have questions or reservations, how can you satisfy them?

Source Types

Journalism

Opinion

Research


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