Evaluating Sources

Read and think about your source documents to determine the most authoritative information

Consider the Source

  • Who wrote it?
  • What are their qualifications?
  • What are their affiliations?
  • When was it written?

Consider the Purpose

  • What do the authors want to accomplish?
  • Is their an implicit or an explicit bias?

Consider the Value

  • How relevant is it to your topic?
  • Does it help you develop a better understanding of your topic?
  • Does it lead you toward your own conclusions?
  • Does it provoke new ideas or suggest solutions?