Step 5: Evaluating your Sources

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Source Evaluation

There are 3 important questions to answer when evaluating sources:

  1. Who's behind the information?

  2. What's the evidence?

  3. What do other sources say?

Below, you'll find 3 assignments to help you practice each skill. Then, you need to ask these 3 questions of your own research before moving on.

If there's a problem with one or more of your sources, it's better to find another source now, rather then after you've started writing.

Special thanks to Stanford History Education Group for the activities and poster!

Intro to Who's behind this information? Saturday School - Student Materials

Without learning to investigate who is behind information online, we risk being taken in by sources and arguments that are more complicated or conflicted than we realize. This lesson is an introduction to the importance of investigating who is behind information and how a source’s motivation could affect what it presents.

Intro to What's the evidence? Saturday School - Student Materials

We must be able to analyze evidence in order to effectively evaluate online information. In this lesson, students practice evaluating evidence that is presented in three online arguments about mandatory Saturday school.

Intro to What Do Other Sources Say? Saturday School - Student Materials

This lesson introduces students to the importance of corroborating arguments and verifying information across multiple online sources. Students practice corroborating claims and evidence presented in sources about mandatory Saturday School.