ENGL 3764 Technical Writing: Evaluate Information

A research guide for students in ENGL 3764 Technical Writing

Evaluation Criteria

How do you decide which sources to use for your projects? Here are some questions to ask yourself as you evaluate the sources you find:

  • Who? Who created the information? What are their qualifications? How do those qualifications relate to the context in which you will use the information. 
  • What? What content is included? What kinds of evidence are used? Does the content connect to your topic? 
  • Why? What is the purpose of this source? Can you detect any attempts by the creator to deceive or provoke a reaction? 
  • Where? Where did you obtain it? Where (or by whom) was it published? 
  • When? How current is the information? Does its currency affect its accuracy? 

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