Whether the documents you find during your research are print or electronic, evaluating these sources is a crucial task. Evaluation becomes especially important when items are retrieved from the Internet using a search engine.
The Five Traditional Print Evaluation Criteria
Traditionally, most information sources have been evaluated using the following criteria:
Criterion #2: Authority
Criterion #3: Objectivity
Criterion #4: Currency
Criterion #5: Coverage
(Ideas originally developed by Jan Alexander and Marsha Tate)