Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015 Views: 42
Evaluating a source by accuracy means that you are asking: Is the information provided correct?
When considering accuracy, ask yourself the following questions:
- Has the source been edited or peer-reviewed?
- Has the author supplied a list of references for their work? Does the list of references include scholarly sources?
- Is the information provided verifiable? What does this source off compared to other sources?
- Is the language or tone opinion based or does it contain facts and statistics?
- Does the source include spelling or grammatical errors? Is the source logical, well organized, and professional in appearance?
- Is the information crowd sourced or vulnerable to changes by other authors or non-experts (e.g. Wikipedia or another public wiki)?
Where should you look to determine the accuracy of a source?
|Print & Database Sources||Websites|
What to avoid:
- Sources that have no reference list and/or that have not gone through any type of editorial or peer-review process (unless you are seeking non-scholarly materials)
- Sources with grammatical or spelling errors
- Sources that are vulnerable to changes by other authors or non-experts (e.g. Wikipedia)
|EXAMPLES||QUESTIONS TO ASK|
|Current Employment Statistics||Where does the information come from? Does the author cite sources?|
|A Brief History of Medical Marijuana||Is this an opinion site, or a straightforward and objective piece of information?|
|Smithsonian Institution||Is this site purely informational, or is it trying to sell a product (advertising)?|
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