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B.R.I.D.G.E.: Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Information

Currency: The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information published, posted, or updated?
  • If the information is not current, does your topic require current information?

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your research question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level for your need and audience?

Authority: The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content.

  • Is the information supported by evidence or cited reference?
  • Has the information been reviewed or peer-reviewed?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or typographical errors?

Purpose: The intended purpose of the author (why the information exists) and the purpose we impose based on our beliefs, values, and worldview.

  • What is the purpose of the information (inform, teach, sell, entertain and/or persuade)?
  • Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
  • What past experience or knowledge helps you analyze this information?