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Evaluating sources for credibility


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Evaluating sources for credibility

  1. 1. BVHS Learning Commons
  2. 2.  I can evaluate a source for its credibility based on my specific research task.  I can choose web sources that are appropriate to my research task.
  3. 3.  Research: “a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover information or reach a new understanding.”  Source Credibility: ”the degree to which people believe and trust what other people and organizations tell them about a particular product or service”  Validity: “able to be accepted” Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Retrieved from
  4. 4. Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  5. 5.  Who is the author/creator/sponsor? Are author's credentials listed?  Does the author have a reputation?  Has the author published works in traditional formats?  Is the author/webpage affiliated with an organization?  What does the domain name/URL reveal about the source of the information, if anything? Example: .com .edu .gov .org .net
  6. 6.  Are possible biases clearly stated?  Is advertising content vs. informational content easily distinguishable?  Are editorials clearly labeled?  Is the purpose to: inform? teach? entertain? enlighten? sell? persuade?
  7. 7.  If relevant, when was the information gathered?  When was it posted?  When was it last revised?  Are links functional and up-to-date?  Is there evidence of newly added information or links?
  8. 8.  Where does the author get his/her information?  Is there a bibliography?  Where can I find the author’s sources?
  9. 9.  Why is this information relevant for my research task?  What is the depth and breadth of the information presented?  Could you find the same or better information in another source?  Does the site provide the information you need?  Your overall assessment is important. Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
  10. 10. • Web address contains words unrelated to what you are studying • The site is an “answer engine” (i.e. Yahoo answers,, etc.). If is it, change your search term so that it is not a question. • Your source is a blog. • Contains inflammatory language or absolutes. • Has not been updated in six months. • Contains spelling or grammatical errors. • Has ads, popups, subscriptions, or charges you for information. • Is on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a great place to start; use the sources at the bottom of the page for more information.
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  12. 12.  Miss Edwards:  Mr. Stewart: