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ENGL 100 Jones: Evaluating Sources

Who Do You Trust & Why?

Who do you trust and why?  How do we know which information sources are trustworthy, credible, & relevant? 

Watch this video to learn more about the ways we think about the information we value.

CC BY NC  Video by OkStateLibrary

Fact Checking

How do we know which information sources are credible? What qualities should we look for in sources & what are some red flags of problematic sources?  What question should we ask about a resource to determine its credibility and usefulness?

CC BY NC  Video by OkStateLibrary

CC BY NCStanford University Libraries. "How to evaluate sources." 

Evaluating using ACTUP

A - author. Who wrote the resource? Who are they? Background information matters.

C - currency. When was this resource written? When was it published? Does this resource fit into the currency of your topic?

T - truth. How accurate is this information? Can you verify any of the claims in other sources? Are there typos and spelling mistakes?

U - unbiased. Is the information presented to sway the audience to a particular point of view? Resources unless otherwise stated should be impartial.

P - privilege. Check the privilege of the author(s). Are they the only folks who might write or publish on this topic? Who is missing in this conversation? Critically evaluate the subject terms associated with each resource you found. How are they described? What are the inherent biases?