Engaging with Your Information

At some point, you must stop looking FOR materials and begin to look AT them to see if they help you support your position and your thesis statement.

You have done some preliminary evaluation of each item you have gathered already, including looking at dates of publication and probable audience for the material. Now it is time to really read the material and evaluate it's usefulness to you further.

Criteria you will use to evalute the usefulness of an article, book or web site should include the following:

  • Relevance of the Information
  • Intended Audience
  • Currency of the Author's Information
  • Authority and Reliability of the Author

The following pages will provide you with additional questions to ask yourself about your sources as you read through them.