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WRI 1100: Beers: STEP 6: Evaluate what you find

WRI 1100:Beers

STEP 6 Evaluate Your Sources

Purpose: Article titles often provides clues to the purpose. The title below comes from an article written by Barry W. Cull.

  • What is the purpose? Is it to teach, sell, promote, entertain?
  • Do the author(s) make their intentions clear? Are there biases?
  • Is the information provided fact or opinion?
  • Do your sources reflect viewpoints from different genders, ages, ethnic groups, etc.?

Authority: Try searching for authors using Google to find out information on their credentials.

Barry W. Cull

  • Who published the article? Is it a reputable source? On web sites, always look for the About hyperlink to read more about a publisher. Sometimes it is located at the bottom of a web page.

Relevance: Does the resource meet your need?

  • Does it inform you regarding your need?
  • Does it support your viewpoint or provide an alternate one?
  • Who is the intended audience?

Currency: When was the article written? Check the date to make sure it is the most current version. In a database, change the date of results by using the slide bar.

Accuracy: Are the author's claims supported by evidence? Is the article a peer-reviewed source such as what you can select for in a database, such as Academic Search Complete?  Peer-reviewed means it is reviewed by scholars, not your peers.

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