Evaluating Accuracy


Goal: Find accurate, reliable information.

Are sources provided so that you can verify the information?
Examples: Footnotes, reference lists, links
How reliable are the sources? Are all links on a Web page still good?
See the criteria for evaluating authority.
Does the information in this source generally agree with sources discussing the same topic?
If not, the supporting evidence must be exceptionally strong. Examples: a site claiming Elvis is still alive needs extraordinary proof, but one which reports on the anniversary of his death needs much less supporting evidence.
Is the journal peer-reviewed?
Examples: Peer-reviewed journals are considered the most accurate sources, but not all scholarly sources are checked by other experts.