Library Skills Tutorial
There are several things to consider when you are evaluating information sources. Some of these are:
- Who is the author?
- What else has he or she written?
- Is the author affiliated with any institution or organization?
- What is the author's reputation? Is he or she an accepted authority in the field?
- Is there a bibliography or list of sources that the author consulted at the end of the book or article?
- Are the sources reputable and up-to-date?
- Is the material written for scholars who are experts in the field, for educated people who are not experts, or for the average reader from the general public?
- Date of publication
- Is the information up-to-date?
- Is the material published by a scholarly publisher?
- Does the publisher have some interest in the topic that might lead to bias?
- Is the material objective and unbiased, or does it attempt to persuade or convince you of a certain point?