How To Evaluate Your Information Sources


Research Tips, Year 7, Year 8

First Published: 1 May 2016

Author: iCentre Admin

Our students live in a world of infowhelm where they are bombarded with information from a myriad of sources, most of which are unmediated. The skill of being able to evaluate the quality of the information is an information literacy and fluency skill which is essential today.  We are teaching our Yr 7 and Yr 8 students how to go about this by using this set of criteria to apply each time they use an information source.


Evaluating sources of Information


·       Who is the author/creator?

·       What are their credentials?

·       Is there any indication of the author’s education, other publications or experience?

·       Is contact information provided?


Accuracy & Quality

·       Does the information provide facts, data, examples or quotes to prove or support statements made?

·       Does the source analyse information in order to reach conclusions?

·       Does the content cite sources and have a reference list to verify the information presented?

·       Is the information located in a scholarly collection eg. Library, database or reference material?

·       Is the text easy to read? Too wordy? Too formal? Too informal?



·       Why was the information created?

·       Who is the information intended for?

·       Does the author provide more than one point of view?

·       Does the writing use inflammatory or biased language?


Currency & Coverage

·       Is a publication date provided?

·       Is the information up-to-date?

·       Is the content of an adequate standard for your research or is it too simple, technical or advanced?



·       Does the content address the topic effectively?

·       Are the key questions about your topic answered within the content?

·       Does the content provide information that is new or useful?




InfoWhelm and Information Fluency from Global Digital Citizen on Vimeo.




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