Evaluating your information sources is an essential practice when doing research. As you find information ask yourself if this is the best source of information. What makes something the best source of information? Use the following criteria to judge the quality of the information you encounter.
Continue to practice this habit, not just for your assignments, but also in your everyday lives. You can also apply this criteria to judge the information that you use in making health, financial, and voting decisions.
Authority refers to the reputation and / or expertise of the source's author (often the source's publisher, too).Learn more
Authority isn't enough on its own, and even experts get it wrong sometimes. What else makes the source reliable?Learn more
Purpose refers to the intent of the information. Is the source trying to convince you of something? Is the source a response to previous research in the area? Is the source a response to a lack of information in a specific area?Learn more
In most cases, you should look for sources published in the last 5-10 years. If you're writing about something that happened in the past, though, older sources might be helpful.Learn more