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Evaluating Your Sources Who What When Why

Evaluating Your Sources Who What When Why

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Published by: Sarah Morehouse on Oct 14, 2009
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Evaluating Your Sources
4 W’s: Who, What, When, Why?
 
Why evaluate?
1.
Because there is “bad” information out there
o
Out of date, incomplete, incorrect, misleading, deceptive, biased
o
Can’t tell just from appearances
2.
Better sources = better paper = better grades
3.
Critical thinking = better paper = better grades
4.
A skill that makes a difference in consumer choices, health decisions, politics, andevery area of life.
 4 Evaluation Factors:
Who?
(Who is responsible for the source?)
Author credentials available?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
What?
(What kind of source is this?)
Is this a scholarly/peer reviewed source?
Are proper research methods followed?
Are proper citation/documentation methods followed?
 When?
(Is the source up-to-date enough?)
Does the topic you are researching require current data?
When was the information authored/created or last updated?
Why?
(What was the creator’s purpose for creating the source?)
Is there a discernable bias or agenda? Misinformation or propaganda?
Center for Learning and TechnologySUNY Empire State College- 1 - 7/20/09

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