How critical an observer are you? Learn how to evaluate information sources by doing the exercises below, in Group 1 (Authority & Accuracy), Group 2 (Advocacy & Objectivity), and Group 3 (Currency & Coverage).
The main questions to keep in mind are:
Pick any two sites from the list below. What evidence can you find to determine the basis for claims made on these pages? How could you tell whether or not the information provided is accurate?
Pick any two sites from the list below. What evidence can you find to determine whether or not these sites are favoring a particular point of view or are taking an objective approach?
Exercise originally created by UCLA College Library librarians, Esther Grassian and Diane Zwemer, 1998. Last update: 30 Apr 2019. E. Grassian