Evaluating Sources: Evaluation Criteria for Seeking Relevant, Useful and Accurate Information Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Evaluating Sources Using Evaluation Criteria Worksheet to test your ability to review a source to decide if it is appropriate for a research writing project. By completing 10 exercises, you look at one source based on eight different criteria.
Evaluating Sources: Evaluation Criteria for Seeking Relevant, Useful and Accurate Information

Instructions

For the first exercise below, find a full-text source online on a topic that interests you. For the remaining nine exercises, evaluate the source based on the criteria given.

  • Find a full-text source that includes bibliographic information on the internet. Record the title of the source and all bibliographic information in the below space. Use the source to answer the next eight questions.

  • Evaluate the source based on its authority.

  • Evaluate the source based on its accuracy.

  • Evaluate the source based on its content.

  • Evaluate the source based on its relevance.

  • Evaluate the source based on its objectivity.

  • Evaluate the source based on its audience.

  • Evaluate the source based on its writing style.

  • Evaluate the source based on its currency.

  • What is the biggest factor in deciding if a source is appropriate for your assignment, and would you use the source you just evaluated? Explain your answer.