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Quinn Library: Evaluating Resources

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Article Evaluation

Credibility:      
Is an author listed?                                                       
Does the author cite sources or a bibliography?               
Does the author cite formal credentials or experience?     
Can you contact the author?                                          
Do you know who published the article?
Are they reputable?                                                       
 
Bias:                  
Does the article present information in an objectivemanner?                                                                        
Are all sides of an issue represented, or is thisarticle biased?                                                               
                            
Audience:          
Are the levels of articles appropriate to your needs?        
Do the articles cover several topics minimally or one topic in detail?                                                        
 
Accuracy:         
Does the article provide documentation for the information provided?                                                   
Does the article provide information that contradict other sources?                                                             
Does the article include an explanation of its researchmethods?                                                                       
 
Currency:          
Was the information recently published?                       
Has it been updated or revised?                                    
 
Relevance:        
Does the information add to or support your research? 
Does the article provide references that are also useful?
Does the article provide more or less information than you need?                                                                      
 
*  Norberg, L.  (July 15, 2008)  Evaluating Articles: Checklist.  Retrieved February 26, 2009, from the University North Carolina Libraries’ Web site:             http://www.lib.unc.edu/instruct/evaluate/articles/checklist.html

Book Evaluation

Credibility:           
Is an author listed?                          
Does the author cite sources or a bibliography?             
Does the author cite formal credentials or experience? 
Can you contact the author?                                          
Do you know who published the book?
Are they reputable?                                                       
 
Bias:                    
Does the book present information in an objective manner?                                                                        
Are all sides of the issues represented?                          
If not, can you determine the bias of the book?               
   
Audience:            
Is the level of the book appropriate to your needs?        
Does the content cover several topics minimally or one topic in detail?                                                        
 
Accuracy:            
Does the book provide documentation for the information provided?                                                   
Does the book provide information that contradicts other sources?                                                               
Does the book include an explanation of its research methods?                                                                
 
Currency:            
Was the information recently published?                       
Has it been updated or revised?                                    
 
Relevance:          
Does the information add to or support your research? 
Does the book provide references that are also useful?  
Does the book provide more or less information than you need?                                                                      
 
 
*Norberg, L.  (July 15, 2008)  Evaluating Books: Checklist.  Retrieved February 26, 2009, from the University North Carolina Libraries’ Web site:             http://www.lib.unc.edu/instruct/evaluate/books/checklist.html

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