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ENGL 102 - English Composition II - Villone: Evaluating Sources

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Evaluating Sources

Credible Sources


​You can evaluate sources by identifying the author, the audience, and the purpose. The more you know about the source, the easier it will be to incorporate the source into your assignment. 



  • Who is the author? Google them! 

  • What do you know about the author?

  • Are they trustworthy? Why?

  • What else have they written on the subject?   


  • Who is the target audience?

  • What is the audience’s interest in the subject?

  • What does the audience know about the subject?

  • How would the audience feel about the subject?


  • What is the writer’s purpose for writing the article?
  • What specific information is the writer conveying?

  • Is the writer trying to convince you of something?

  • Is the writer trying to sell something?