Other Important Information for
Check Other Resources
Consider searching other resources
on this checklist if appropriate to your topic.
- Annual Reports
- Book Reviews
- Community Resources
- Conference Proceedings
- Government Documents
- Internet Resources
- Maps and Atlases
- Personal Interviews
- Primary Sources: diaries,
- Special Collections
Evaluate Your Information
Use this checklist to evaluate
- Is it relevant to your topic?
- Is the date of publication appropriate?
- What are the author's qualifications?
Educational background, past writings, experience.
- What is the author's purpose
in writing: to inform? to persuade?
- How was the information obtained?
- Is the information covered fact,
opinion, or propaganda? Facts can usually be verified.
Opinions evolve from the interpretation of facts.
- Are the author's conclusions
or facts supported with references?
- Are there footnotes or a bibliography?
- Is the work primary or secondary
- How do critical reviews rate
- Who is the publisher? What group
controls the publishing company?
- Is it popular or scholarly?
A scholarly article:
- provides footnotes or a bibliography
- is written by a researcher in
- the author is usually affiliated
with a college or university
- reports on original research
- may be published by a scholarly
professional association or university press
- has few glossy pictures
- has graphs and charts as illustrations
- rarely provides footnotes or
- is written to entertain, is
usually short and in simple language
- is written by a staff or free
lance writer, possibly a scholar
- does not state the qualifications
of the author
- usually published by commercial
- includes pictures or photographs,
and is slick in appearance
- reports on information second
or third hand