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- Who is the author?
- Who is making the information available?
- What are their credentials or qualifications?
- What makes them an authority on this subject?
- Is the source biased or expressing opinion or trying to sell something?
- Choose sources that are credible and relatively objective.
- When was the information published or last updated?
- Does the date of publication matter to your assignment?
- For example, if you are working on a current event, or a science or health topic, you will need something that has been published recently.
- If you are working on a historical topic, currency may not be as important.
- Is the information free of spelling, grammatical and technical errors?
- Where did the information come from?
- Look for information or references that can be verified.
- Does this information meet the requirements of your assignment?
- How will it help answer the question you are asking?
- Choose information that will help you build a strong argument, illuminate concepts, or provide the best evidence.