Criteria for evaluating web sources and other academic writing.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Purpose: the reason the information exists
By scoring each category on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = worst, 10=best possible) you can give a quality grade on a 50 point scale.
45 - 50 Excellent | 40 - 44 Good | 35 - 39 Average | 30 - 34 Borderline Acceptable | Below 30 - Unacceptable
Developed by the librarians at California State University, Chico. Printable evaluation criteria.
The most robust version of this tool operates a plug-in for the Firefox and Chrome browser. The tool allows users to organize citations from databases and web browsing, store the library citations on a local hard drive, removable storage, or remote web page. Stored citations can be added directly to papers and bibliographies using a plug-in for MS Word and OpenOffice. Paper Machines is a plug in for Zotero which allows you to visualize the data held within your profile using word clouds, topic modeling, phrase nets, and geoparsing.
This section of The Bedford Handbook companion site will take you to advice about finding sources in different disciplines and documenting sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CBE styles.
Beloit College has access to over 1 million volumes outside of the building. Request materials (books, DVDs, articles) via the catalog using the Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button when not found in our catalog. More information.