Today, we are bombarded by information. We have to filter through all of the information we receive from television, radio, newspaper and the Internet, not to mention what comes to us through work, our families and friends. With so much information coming our way, it is often difficult to determine just what's credible, accurate and reliable. We must all be discerning as consumers of information. We must learn to evaluate what we read and hear in order to separate the good from the bad. As a student, you'll also be expected to find information to back up points you are making in the papers you write. Using unreliable or false information in a paper can affect your credibility with your peers and your instructors (and sometimes your grade), so it is doubly important for you to have effective information-evaluation skills.
It can be tempting to use any source in a paper that supports your topic. The problem is not all information is good information. Below are two evaluation methods, with almost the same name, that can be used as you conduct research. Others are noted in the helpful resources section at the bottom of the page.
Purpose/Point of View
Adapted with gratitude from Molly Beestrum.