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ENG1020 English Composition - Information Literacy Project: Evaluating Information Sources Activity

Threshold Concept

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.

Evaluating Information Sources Checklist


_____ Is the information factual?

_____ Is the information current?

_____ Does the source reveal bias?

_____ Are there spelling, grammar or other typographical errors?


_____ Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?

_____ Does the source meet the requirements of your assignment?

_____ Is the information at an appropriate level (not too elementary or advanced for your



_____ Is the author a person, company or organization?

_____ Is the author qualified to write about the topic?

_____ Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?


_____ Is the point of view objective?

_____ Are the author's intentions clear?

_____ Is the author trying to sell something?