The digital revolution has made information both readily available and easily accessible. However, learning to navigate through an abundance of information and determine the credibility of a source can be challenging. In this guide we have divided the criteria for evaluating sources into six categories:
- Scholarly: Articles or books written and reviewed by scholars or professionals who are experts in their field
- Substantive News and Non-Fiction: In depth reliable articles or books on topics of public concern written by journalists or authors for major newspapers, news magazines or publishers
- Popular: Articles that reflect the tastes of the general public and are meant as entertainment
- Advocacy: Articles or web pages from political parties, activist groups, or religious groups that promote a specific agenda
- Personal: Blogs or personal web pages that reflect the opinions and interests of the author. May or may not be factually accurate
- Sensational: Magazines such as the National Inquirer, TMZ, and Star that are intended to evoke curiosity or a strong reaction
We have also included a section on Evaluating Web Resources.
Click on the tabs above to learn more about each category of information.