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Annotated Bibliographies: A How to Guide: Step 3: Evaluating Sources

A resource for all things annotated bib. To be used specifically for Ms. Sepcie's and Ms. Wallerstein's

On This Page...

On this page you will find...

  • Criteria on how to select and curate your sources
  • Difference between primary, secondary, and terciary sources


To evaluate our located sources in order to ensure that they inform out thesis, have been written or compiled by a credible source, and connect to one another

Ms. Mayo's Tutorials

Evaluating Sources

Let's analyze the following sources as a class...

Do they connect to the thesis? Are they reliable?

Sample Thesis Topic: The religious movement of Zionism prompted Jewish people to return to their ancestral homeland in Palestine, leading to conflict between Arabs and other Palestinians. 

Keeping all of this in mind, and using the CRAAP method criteria below:

  • Re-assess your sources: Do they still work? Do they connect? Are they the most direct source? Do they have a credible author? Are your sources repeating 
  • Locate new sources using the criteria and the drop-down sources references
  • Ask us! Based on your specific topic we can direct your to the right place.

Take this time to compile your 6 sources for the next step of your annotated bibliography tomorrow


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Web Sources

Don't ask whether its a good source, but whether there is a better source available

  • Currency When was this information published?
    • The field of social sciences is constantly changing, along with teen culture and issues. Make sure that you are locating the most current info for your subject
  • Relevance Is this connected to my issue?
    • In order for the information to be relevant, it must connect to your topic or issue, as well as address any connections between the theme and your textual analysis
  • Authority Who is publishing this information? Are they qualified to speak on the subject?
    • Typically a web source will have an author or organization as its publisher. Check the "about us"  or Google their biography section in order to find out the qualifications.
    • Do background research about the author - are they a qualified historian in the field? Have they published and been peer reviewed in this topic before? 
  • Accuracy Does the information make sense? Are similar sources saying the same thing?
    • Although advice and counseling are relative, most experts should agree on the same ideas based on research. Check multiple sources before confirming an idea as true. 
  • Purpose Why is this information being published? There there an inherit bias or underlying ulterior motive?
    • Many times websites are trying to manipulate you into believing a course of action or product can solve the issue. Make sure that you identify any bias by examining who is releasing this information and carefully reading it.