ENG 389 - Mentoring Writing: Practice & Pedagogy

Evaluating Information

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:‚Äč

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 what articles I find are considered scholarly and what are popular or trade resources?

From the University of Maine at Farmington: Guide to identifying scholarly sources