When we evaluate sources, we are deciding whether to use a source or not. This process doesn’t need to take a lot of time, especially once you gain experience in how to effectively evaluate sources.
We can learn a lot about evaluating sources from what experts, like Fact Checkers and Professional Researchers, do.
Is this source appropriate for my needs?
This question maybe more complicated than first glance.
Does this source provide good information?
This can be a very difficult question to answer about a source in the short amount of time you have to evaluate it. With the internet, it can be easy to make bad information look legitimate. Some of our old standbys for determining how “good” something is are also no longer applicable in this changing age of information.