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COMM 1210 (Introduction to Public Speaking): Evaluating Sources

Source Evaluation Criteria

CURRENCY: the timliness of the information
What's the date on the website?  Do the links still work?

RELEVANCE: the importance of the information to my needs
Does this apply to my topic? Who's the intended audience?

AUTHORITY: the source of the information
Who's behind this website?  Who's the author, publisher?  (hint: check the "About us" and Google search the author)

ACCURACY: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Do they back up their statements with evidence? Are there spelling, typo errors?

PURPOSE: the reason the information exists
Opinions? facts? Propoganda? Bias? Point of view?