VetTRAC: Evaluating Sources of Information

Course guide for the summer VetTRAC program.

Evaluation criteria

When evaluating a source to determine if it's credible and one you want to use in your project, there are six areas to consider:

1) Authority (who wrote it, or what is their expertise?)

2) Audience (who was it written for? This might help you determine bias)

3) Coverage (what aspect of your topic does it cover?)

4) Objectivity (what viewpoints are covered?)

5) Accuracy (are there other sources that have similar findings?)

6) Currency (when was it produced, and how does that fit in with your topic?)



Evaluating Sources for Credibility