WR 121 for Roosevelt HS: Evaluate sources
Evaluating Sources: How PCC Students Do It
In this video, three Portland Community College students talk about how they consider, evaluate and use sources for their own research assignments. It should give you a good idea of what you should consider when evaluating sources for your research.
Identifying a publisher / website host / author
Tip! Sometimes it's hard to determine WHO the author is or WHAT publishing group is hosting a particular website or publishes a particular magazine online or in print. One easy way to determine the perspective or position of a particular publisher is to find the publisher in Wikipedia to get a description, summary or short history. This also works for most nonprofit organizations or interest groups.
SIFT: Stop - Investigate the source - Find trusted coverage - Trace back to the original
When evaluating a website, look beyond the page itself. Some sites look very professional and credible but are actually giving you skewed, misleading or untrue information.
This short online video from Mike Caulfield, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public, gets you started on becoming an efficient fact checker:
Three more short videos about fact-checking techniques from Mike Caulfield: Online Verification Skills.
The videos are:
And here is a link to Mike Caulfield's website on SIFT -- the 4 moves.
Tips for fact checking! Use the websites below to help you determine the reliability and bias of the information provided by a source. For example, look up the claims, author credentials and organization names mentioned in the source.