Take a few minutes to go over the example shown below. Using the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY method, we have reviewed the Generation Rescue website. Pay attention to moments when evaluation required outside searches or comparison to other resources.
WHO is the author / publisher/ source? What are their credentials? Is there any contact information provided, such as a publisher or an email address?
WHAT points of view are being presented? What points of view are not being presented? What evidence is used to support this claim? Does the information provided match what you need? Is it accurate?
WHEN was this written? When was the website last updated? When was the supporting research published? Does your topic require current information? Are the links on this website functional (or are they suffering from link rot)?
WHERE is this being published? What type of website - commercial, government, educational, non-profit? Who is paying for this content? Test the links - where do they take you? Are they taking you to other reputable websites?
WHY is this being published? Is it to persuade, inform, sell, or teach? Does the author / publisher make their intention clear? Does the point of view seem impartial and objective? Is there a political / ideological / personal bias?