When looking at a source, ask yourself...
- Can you identify the type of information source you have found?
- Is it a book?
- An article?
- A web site?
- Something else? (social media posting?)
- What topics are covered?
- What is the purpose of the information source?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is it meant to inform?
- To persuade?
- To teach?
- To report the findings of some original research?
- To entertain?
- How does it compare to other items you have found
- What are the research methods, if any, employed in the source?
- Does the author cite other research? Is there a bibliography?
- Have other scholars cited the information source?
- Does the work succeed?
- How is it useful to me or others?
- Who is the author?
- What are the author’s credentials?
- What are the author’s affiliations?
- What are the author’s goals & objectives?
- When the information was created or last updated?
- Is the date important for the timeliness of the content?