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Evaluating Specific Resources


Why: Refers to the purpose of the information.

Understanding the purpose helps to see if there are any biases that may affect the way the information is presented.  

It's important to ask:

  • What are the aims of the material? To inform? To persuade? To add to the field of knowledge?
  • Is this information clearly biased in one way or another? 
  • Does this source present multiple points of view on the topic?
  • Is the language used meant to evoke a strong emotional response? 

Additional Internet Consideration:

  • Is there advertising on the page? 
  • Do the adds affect or attempt to influence the content?