Skip to Main Content
Skip navigation


Evaluating sources


Questions to ask

  • Is the information written on behalf of a lobby group, think tank, religious or political organisation? Read the "About Us" page and do more research to find out about the author and / or organisation if necessary.
  • Are facts and arguments presented for both sides of an issue or only the author's own point of view?
  • Does the webpage include advertising? If so, can you tell clearly which parts are advertisement and which parts are information?
  • Does the webpage present as information but is actually an advertisement?

What to look for on a webpage

  • Does the page use inflammatory language, images, or graphic styles?

What to look for in print material

  • For books examine the preface or introduction for hints about the author's purpose and point of view.
  • For journals check whether the journal is a refereed or peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

Page Contact: ANU Library Communication Team