This is a summary of information from Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: a Graphic Guide to Student Research. University of Chicago Press, 2015. 82-88.
Evaluation is an ongoing process (82).
Evaluating information isn't important just for school research (82).
Being an active and effective citizen requires you to be informed (82).
1. Who is responsible? (83)
2. Who is the information for? Who is the audience?
3. Why was this created? What is its purpose? (86)
4. Is the information correct and dependable? (87)
5. Are there references?
6. Objectivity (87)
7. Currency (88)
8. MOST IMPORTANTLY: “does it contribute to your work? Is it something you can use for your research, or is it better left out” (88)?
Check out this Research Guide from the City University of New York's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.
"As a journalist skepticism is your job. As a citizen skepticism is a survival skill."
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FactCheck.org is a nonprofit website that describes itself as a non-partisan "'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics". It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation. Most of its content consists of rebuttals to what it considers inaccurate, misleading, or false claims by politicians. Other features include:
Also see the Wikipedia article on FactCheck.org for more resources.
Anyone can publish information on the Internet, so make sure to properly evaluate information before you use it in your research paper. For more help with evaluating resources, check out:
From Meriam Library, California State University, Chico: CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose)
From the University of Maine system: Evaluating Books, Articles, & Websites
From the University of Maine at Farmington: Evaluating Information Sources
From Cornell University: Evaluating Websites
How do I tell the difference between scholarly articles, popular articles, and trade articles?
From the University of Maine at Farmington: Guide to identifying scholarly sources