Library Instruction
Evaluating Sources. Making Good Decisions!

Watch the video to learn how to choose reliable sources. Then try the exercise on the next page.

Use the link Aspartame website to learn about the sugar substitute aspartame. Answer the questions in the exercise. Then based on your answers, use the Quiz Me feature to give the Web site a letter grade for its value as source for writing a college paper about aspartame.

 

Relevancy

1. On target for topic? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

2. College level information? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

 

Authority

1. Are credentials given for the author? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

2. Author qualified in the appropriate subject? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

3. Reputable sponsoring organization or publisher? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

 

Accuracy

1. Bibliography where the author lists her sources of information? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

 

Currency

1. Information up-to-date? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

 

Objectivity

1. Purpose of this web site? _______________________

2. What does the web address tell you about the site? _____________________

3. Inflammatory language? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

4. Fact or opinion? Yes___ No____ Maybe_____

 

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Evaluating Information

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