ENGL 127 Research Writing: Social Sciences (Wilber)

The Podcast Project: For students enrolled in English 127 with Ari Wilber


Assess your Information & Sources

Does that information belong in your research paper or is it C.R.A.P.?


  • How recent is the information?
  • When was it published? If a website. How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic? Explain.


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is it balanced?
  • Does it include references or sources for data, claims, and quotations? Explain.


  • Who is the author or creator?
  • What are their credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is the source: Informative? Opinion? Entertainment? 
  • What is its point of view?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something? Does it have ads? 

Reliable Info: Fact Checking in Journalism

New Yorker: Daniel Radcliffe learns how to fact-check

Source evaluation checklist

You can use this source checklist to evaluate the relevance and authority of your sources.

Sample: News Article

How would you assess the reliability of this article?