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Honors Program Library Guide

Evaluation Questions

Evaluation Questions

When evaluating sources consider the following questions:

Who is the author of the source? Are they an expert?
   Check their affiliations. Are they active in the scholarly conversation? Google the author.
   Keep the context in mind. What voices are missing from the conversation?

 What is the purpose of the source? Why was it created?
   Consider the type of source and how the information was created, revised, and disseminated. Check for biases.

When was it created and has it been updated?
   Does your topic require current information? Could the information have changed?

Where can the information be verified?
​​   Check the references and follow the links.

 Why would you choose this source instead of another?
   Keep the context in mind.

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