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CHMA10 Web of Science Research Basics

Evaluate Sources

Criteria for Evaluating Sources

Criteria for deciding which sources best support the ideas and arguments in your paper:

Scope                    

  • What is the purpose of the resource and what does it contain?
  • Is it comprehensive and does it explore the subject in depth?
  • What does it exclude? Are any limitations discussed?

Authority            

  • Is the author an expert in this field?
  • What is the author's relationship to the information contained in the source?
  • Has this author been cited by others?

Objectivity        

  • Does the information provided inform, explain, persuade?
  • Is the author's point of view impartial and objective?
  • Are counter-arguments acknowledged?
  • Does it contain facts, opinions, or biases?

Accuracy            

  • Are the results accurate, and are they supported by the data and methodology presented?
  • Does this support or contradict other articles?
  • Are references to other works given?

Currency           

  • Is the content of the work up-to-date?
  • Is timeliness important?

Adapted from Hanover College Library