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EN105 First-Year Writing - All Sections

Questions to Ask

There are no clear-cut, absolute answers on whether a source is a "good" source, or how to determine one. But there are a few questions that can help you explore whether a source is credible enough to use in a research assignment:

  • Who is behind the information?
  • What is the evidence for their claims?
  • What do other sources say about the organization at its claims?

Strategies to Use

Lateral Reading

Navigate away from the site itself, and see what other sources have to say about the website or organization. Even taking a look at the Wikipedia page can help!

Click Restraint

The first few search results aren't always the best or most helpful sources to use, so take some time to scroll through your results--even looking at the second page!--before you pick a few to click on.

Crash Couse Navigating Digital Information

You watched a couple of these videos in your Canvas module on evaluating sources, but Crash Course's series Navigating Digital Information a number of other great videos explaining different aspects of evaluating information.

Overview Videos

Who is behind the information?

What is the evidence for their claims?

What do other sources say?