Evaluating Articles

  • Currency: When was the article published?

  • Relevance: Is the article peer-reviewed? Does it cover your topic? Have you looked at a variety of articles before determining which ones to use?

  • Authority: Is the author qualified to write on the subject?

  • Accuracy: Where does the information come from? Does the language and tone seem biased?

  • Purpose: Is the information intended for education, entertainment, or persuasion?

Here are examples using the evaluation criteria illustrating how to evaluate articles.

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