In addition to these six suggestions about evaluating sources,
here are some criteria that are commonly used.
- Authority: Do
you think the authors have authority or expertise to write on
the subject they are writing about? Is it clear who is
responsible for the site (commercial enterprise, government
body, academic institution, or just the author)?
Do you have good reason to believe that the
information on the site is accurate? Do authors back up
their conclusions with supportive evidence and
Is the purpose of the information clearly stated? Can
you determine the authorís point of view? Did you detect any
biases (personal, political, religious, or cultural)?
Was the information found on the page written recently? Has
the site been kept up-to-date?
- Coverage: Does
this site address the topic you are researching? Is the
information basic and cursory or detailed and scholarly? Is
the information presented substantial (something more in depth
than you would find in an encyclopedia or Wiki)?
- Value: Does
the site offer anything informative, unique, or insightful? Is
the site free of careless errors, misspelled words, and poor
grammar? Are their important issues that have been omitted or
still need to be addressed? Was the page worth visiting?