Whether using a book, a scholarly article, or a Web site, it is important to use the following criteria to critically evaluate the information you locate:

Currency | Authority | Purpose | Point of view

When determining the information is biased, ask yourself:


Your topic is the legalization of marijuana. Some of the information you find may be biased:
  • Web sites, in many cases, will present only one side of the issue and the statistics, facts, and arguments should be verified in other sources.
  • Newspaper and magazine articles may be reporting information representing both sides of the issue but journalists or reporters are not necessarily considered experts in the field
  • Scholarly articles, often reporting on research, may represent only one aspect of an issue