Now it’s time to start reading the content of the material you’ve chosen! If the material is a book, search for professional book reviews (as opposed to reader reviews on sites such as Amazon) to see if the book is well regarded and recommended.
· Does the resource contain information on your topic?
· Does it contain the type of information you need (history, analysis, statistics, etc.)?
· Is it in a format that you can access? (book, eBook, website, journal, magazine, etc.)
· Who is the intended reader of the material?
o General public/practitioners/experts
o Education level / reading level
o Political or religious beliefs
o Specific interests, skills, or employment
o Age of reader: Youth, adult, seniors, etc.
· Is the information correct?
· Does it support what you’ve read elsewhere, or is it significantly different?
· Are there spelling or grammatical errors?
· Does it contain references to any other sources used?
· Does the author state a personal or professional bias or affiliation?
· Does the author thank a particular organization or group of people?
· Does the author’s employer support a particular cause or point of view?
· Does the language seem impartial?
· Does the author make wild claims?
· Is emotional or “loaded” language used?