Who is the intended audience? Is this a scholarly professional publication? Or popular literature, intended for the general public? Or a source that was never published, and is just "out there"
Is the information still considered valid? Or is it dated?
Is this a primary source, such as a report from a research study by the authors? Is it a secondary source which interprets, analyzes or evaluates a primary source? Is it a tertiary source, in which the source summarizes or provides commentary on another source? Is it simply opinion?
What is the author's goal of the article / book / website?
What qualifications does the author have? Why does this author have credibility? Is the author trustworthy?
|WHAT||What is the document? Is it fact or opinion? What type of source is it from (book, magazine, journal, website,etc.)|
Who wrote the document? What do you know about the author?
|WHY||Why did the author write this? What was the author's goal?|
|WHEN||When was the document published? What was happening in the world?|
|WHERE||Where was the document published? What do you know about the quality of the publisher?|
How did the author gather data? How did the author present information?
Prepared by Kristin Johnson, CalState University, Chico 02/02--Used by Eli M. Oboler Library with permission