• Is the information up-to-date?
• When was it published?
• Does the information relate to your research topic?
• Is the information in-depth enough for academic use?
• Is the author qualified to write about this topic?
• Can you find additional information about the author through Google?
• Has the information been published in a source that has undergone any peer review?
• Is the information supported by evidence?
• Has the author provided citations or links to research they quote?
• Is the information presented objectively, or could the author be trying to sell, entertain, or persuade readers?
• Can you detect any potential biases? (For journal articles, check to see if there are any declarations of conflicts of interest or competing interests, as well as if there is a statement of who funded the study, such as a foundation or government body.)
Adapted with permission of the author, from http://www.stephanguyenet.com/quickly-assessing-the-credibility-of-public-experts/