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WSH ENG101: Evaluating Sources: Learn

We will examine how to look critically at sources .


Step 1 - â€‹Watch the top video to the right and answer the following questions:

  • How do algorithms affect what you find on the web? 
  • Are the first page of results always the best results for your topic? Why or why not? 
  • What does a .gov in the web address indicate?

Step 2 - Watch the middle video to the right titled Evaluating Sources for Credibility and answer the following questions:

  • How can you determine if an author is credible? How does the name of the publication detract or add to credibility? 
  • Point of view can impact credibility. How so? 
  • How does the peer review reduce bias?
  • Why is the date of the publication important? 

Step 3 - Watch the bottom video to the right Evaluating Web Sources and answer these questions:

  • How do you evaluate the authority of an author? 
  • Why does the publishing date matter? 
  • What does who publishes and article reveal about the information? 
  • How to you learn about a domain's purpose or mission? 
  • Which is more credible an article that has actual data or one that has a snapshot of information? 
  • How do you make certain the data or information given is accurate? 

Step 4 - Read and understand the information on comparing and corroborating information located in the box to the right.

Step 5 - Move to the next tab for your written assignment.  

Understanding (Google) Search Results

Evaluating Sources

Compare and Corroborate

Evaluating Web Results: A Contextual Approach

A contextual approach uses information found in a variety of sources to evaluate the information found in single source. A contextual approach promotes critical thinking by encouraging the researcher to question a source and make “reasoned judgements of information quality” informed by multiple sources.


"Comparison is the examination of the similarities and differences between two or more items. When applied to the evaluation of web sites, comparing means analyzing the similarities and differences in the content of two or more web sites to each other or comparing the content from web sites to other information formats such as newspaper or magazine articles, peer-reviewed journal articles, or scholarly books."


"To corroborate information is to verify it against one or more different sources...Since more information is available and accessible [on the web], this information can be used to verify individual Web sites that may be questionable. The more sources that can be found to corroborate the information, there is a greater probability that the information is reliable.”

Excerpts from:

Meola, M. (2004). Chucking the checklist: A contextual approach to teaching undergraduates web-site evaluation. Libraries and the Academy, 4(3). Retrieved from Project Muse.