- Who produced the source? authority, credentials, etc.
- Why was the source produced? audience, motivations
- What is the scope and date of the source? "fact," "opinion," "propaganda"
- Who published the source? self-published, university press, peer-reviewed
See Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for a list of questions to ask when reading and evaluating sources.
Exercise: Select one source and go through the questions asked in the OWL list.