Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Questions to ask in evaluating web sources

  • Who is the author of the article?
  • Is the author writing as an advocate of a particular position or ostensibly writing as an impartial reporter?
  • Is the author expressing only his or her opinions or that of an organization, publication, or website?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic at hand?
  • Does the author have known biases?
  • Does the author have a reputation for telling the truth?
  • What is the parent website?
  • What organization is behind the website?
  • Does that organization take an official position on the issue at hand?
  • If so, what is that position?
  • Whatever the organization’s position or values, is its work reputable and trustworthy?
  • If the website is the work of a single author, is that author a legitimate authority in the field under consideration?
  • Is the article in question a primary or secondary source?
  • Does the article cite sources for information?
  • If so, do these sources appear to be valid for the subject at hand?
  • If the article purports to be an unbiased treatment, are both sides of the issue treated fairly?
  • If the article takes a position on an issue, does it acknowledge and interact fairly with opposing views?
  • Does the article deal with a broad enough subject to be of more than anecdotal value?


  1. Could we PLEASE have an extension for our research papers..possibly move the turn in date to Thursday November 12th, instead of Tuesday? Work, not school work, for the past 2 weeks has put me behind schedule and I will not be able to complete it by Tuesday. I would greatly appreciate your consideration..
    Thank you, Mitchell Young English 1020

  2. I understand your problem, and I'm sorry to hear work is pressing down on you. I don't change assignments for the whole class because of one student's issues, but in this case you're in good shape: I already gave a two-day extension to the class.