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CMNS 112 - Professional Writing I - Amy Modahl - Fall 2016

Evaluating The Information You Discover

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Evaluating Information Sources


  • Is the document directly related to your research topic?
  • Is the information at correct level for your assignment?


  • Is the information from a scholarly peer-reviewed source?
  • Who is the author(s)? 
  • Is the author a recognized authority in this field?
  • What are author's credentials?
  • Is this author cited by other researchers in this area?
  • What is the authors affiliation?
  • Is contact information for the author provided?
  • Who is the publisher and are they know for publishing information on the subject?


  • Date of publication?
  • Is information current and up-to-date?


  • Is the the research methodology employed by the author provided?
  • Is it a sound search methodology employed by other research in the field?
  • Does the author include a literature review?
  • Is there a reference list of cited works?


  • Does the author provide a clearly reasoned argument supported by identifiable logic, facts and data?
  • Does the author consider alternate interpretations of the evidence?


  • Does the author appear to have any identifiable bias?
  • Has the author omitted and relevant information or data that other people writing on the subject have included?
  • Is the author affiliated with a group, business or organization that is selling something?
  • Where did the author's research funding come from?

Citations & Reference List

  • Has the author included citations to the information that they have used to create their article?
  • Does the author provide a Reference List for the citations used in the article?

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