Criteria for Evaluating Information

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Quality of Information
  • Intended Audience
  • Objectivity/Bias
  • Timeliness

Evaluating Information

Locating information is the first step in doing research. The following sites will help you decide if your sources are reliable and relevant to your topic.(Links to external sites open in new browser windows.)



The online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, can be an excellent source of information under some circumstances.  Check with your instructor before you use Wikipedia as a major source for your research project.

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