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Evaluating Resources Worksheet

This worksheet can help you evaluate any resource you may want to use for your research.

Authority
Does the author have a relevant degree?
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Is the author connected with an institution of higher learning?
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Is the publisher known for quality publications?
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Did you learn about the work from a reliable source?
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Bias
Is the work trying to promote a product or service?
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Is the author strongly committed to a viewpoint espoused in the work?
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Was the work sponsored by an organization that is committed to the viewpoint being espoused?
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Does the work cite material that seems biased?
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Accuracy
Does the work agree with your own knowledge?
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Does the work agree with that of other specialists in the field?
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Does the work avoid questionable assumptions?
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Does the work document sources and explain its methodology?
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Currency
Is the work current enough to include relevant events?
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Does the work clearly state when it was published and most recently revised?
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Relevance
Does the work address your research question?
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Is the work at the level of scholarship you require?
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Is the work objective enough for your purposes?
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Is the work the correct type and format?
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