Goal: Find accurate, reliable information.
- Are sources provided so that you can verify the information?
Examples: Footnotes, reference lists, links
- How reliable are the sources? Are all links on a Web page still good?
See the criteria for evaluating authority.
- Does the information in this source generally agree with sources discussing the same topic?
If not, the supporting evidence must be exceptionally strong.
Examples: a site claiming Elvis is still alive needs extraordinary proof, but one which reports on the anniversary of his death needs much less supporting evidence.
- Is the journal peer-reviewed?
Examples: Peer-reviewed journals are considered the most accurate sources, but not all scholarly sources are checked by other experts.