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Urban Dynamics (SOC 0861)

A Guide to Resources


Evaluating Articles: Checklist


Credibility Is there an author listed? _____
Does the author cite sources or a bibliography? _____
Does the author cite formal credentials or experience? _____
Can you contact the author? _____
Do you know who published the article? Are they reputable? _____
Does the article present information in an objective manner? _____
Are all sides of an issue represented, or is this article biased? _____
Are the levels of the articles appropriate to your needs? _____
Do the articles cover several topics broadly, or one topic in detail? _____
Accuracy Does the article provide documentation for the information provided? _____
Does the article provide information that contradicts other sources? _____
Does the article include an explanation of its research methods? _____
Was the information recently published? _____
Has it been updated or revised? _____
Does the information add to or support your research? _____
Does the article provide references that are also useful? _____
Does the article provide more or less information than you need? _____

This checklist was developed at the University of North Carolina by Suchi Mohanty of the House Undergraduate Library, Lisa Norberg and Kim Vassiliadis, of University Library Instructional Services, and Shauna Griffin of the School of Information and Library Science.