This chart contains a variety of questions that you should
ask yourself when evaluating books, periodicals, and web sites based
on five main criteria.
||Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating:
- What is the publication/creation date?
- Does this time period meet your information need?
- When was the last update?
- Are all the links up-to-date? (for web resources)
- Who is the author? What are his/her credentials?
- Has this author been cited in your other sources?
Who is publishing this information (individual, non-profit organization,
- Do other sources contain the same information?
Is evidence given to support the information?
If the information is outdated, does it still accurately reflect
the knowledge in the field?
Are there selection criteria given for the links to other pages
and are the links relevant to the topic (for web resources)?
Is the site edited, or does it contain typographical errors (for
- Who is the intended audience (students, researchers, trade members)?
- Is this source appropriate for your needs and understanding of the
|Point of View (Bias)
- Does the source present the information from a particular bias
or single viewpoint?
- Does the information contain the facts or an interpretation of the
- Does the source contain assumptions or opinions that are not backed
- Does the sponsoring organization or site have a stake in how the
information is presented?
- Does the information contain advertising?