Goal: Find information current enough to answer your research question.
- What is the publication or creation date?
Examples: Books may be reprinted, so check for original copyright date. Journals have publication dates. More authoritative Web pages will have a clear "updated" date.
- Does the internal data reflect the same date as the creation date?
Example: A Web page that states Clinton is the current president, but has a 2004 "updated" date isn't truly current.
- Breaking news coverage will need to come from reliable newspapers, general interest magazines, scholarly journals, and reliable Web sites
Examples: Discussion of current members of the European Union should come from Foreign Affairs and the New York Times not USA Today
- Scholarly books generally require a few years to be published.
Examples: Many books analyzing the Vietnam War are available, but very few seriously analyzing the war in Iraq