What can you find out about the person or group who either created the information or is making it available?
Who is the intended audience for this information? What level of education, background knowledge, or experience is expected?
Does the source contain facts, statistics, or other data to support the ideas and provide evidence for claims? Is there a References, Works Cited, or other Bibliography?
Why has the information been made available? What tone or attitude is used in the presentation of the information?
What is happening historically, socially, and culturally at the time of the source's publication? How does the information in this source compare with other sources covering the same topic?
Definition: In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source. While some types of writing aren't as concerned with documenting sources, ideas, images, sounds, etc. traditional academic writing requires these best practices.
Are my own words being used?
Sources: wpacouncil.org and owl.english.purdue.ed