Does it make sense?
QUESTION: Is the style similar to other reputable sources?
Every subject of study develops its own style and language. A scholarly journal article that did not use this style and language would probably not clear peer review.
QUESTION: Is the material logically arranged and are the points clearly presented?
Just as your instructor grades you on how well you arrange and present materials, you should judge the information you find on the same criteria.
QUESTION: Is the information in the source referenced?
If a fact is presented, is the source identified? Does the article include a bibliography that indicates that author is familiar with prior research on the topic?
- The article's introduction says it is about scientific objections to genetic engineering, but the article uses terms like " frankenfoods."
- The article is about relativity, but never mentions Einstein.
- You find a Web site on gun control laws that has numerous links that are so confusing you cannot move from one screen to another.