Information Currency Some important things to consider
when researching information:
Once you find the information you
have been searching for, it is important
to consider the credibility of a source. The following guidelines can be used when considering online content,
as well as in-print (book),
web sites, and periodical articles for college research:
– Can you locate the author’s name on the credited document?
Can you identify the author’s credentials? Does the URL provide
clues as to the authoring agency?
Can you decipher any political, philosophical, or religious leanings
from the information provided? Are different perspectives offered?
Is there enough information provided about the topic? Who is the
target audience…elementary, average, or academic reading?
– Is the article or source presented objectively or is it opinion? Is
the source reporting facts or the point of view of the author?
– When was the source published? Is the information still of relevance?
When was the source last updated?