WR 121 for McDaniel HS: Evaluate sources

This guide is to support the research of McDaniel High School's dual credit WR 121 students.

Information Literacy Reflection Tool (ILRT)

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:

Investigate the Source

Find the Original Source

Look for Trusted Sources

And here is a link to Mike Caulfield's website on SIFT -- the 4 moves.

Fact Checking

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.