Answered By: Carrie Mann
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014     Views: 8

  • Determine if the author is an expert by trying to find out where the author is employed and the author’s credentials.  These are often listed under the article title.
  • Determine the audience the material is written to reach - academic or layman. Scholarly journals are usually original research written for academics.  Popular magazines are written for a wide audience on topics of general interest.
  • Determine the accuracy of the material by comparing to other sources to see if there is agreement and looking for documentation such as a bibliography or a list of references.
  • Check the currency of the material by finding the date the article was published.
  • Determine the relevancy of the material found to the topic you are researching. Don’t use material that is too general or trivial.
  • Determine if the material is biased - are all sides of the issue presented or only one side?

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