Currency: The timeliness of the information.
-When was the information published or posted?
November 10, 2011
-Has the information been revised or updated?
Yes, it has been updated.
-Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
My topic requires both current and older information.
-Are the links functional?
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
-Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
No, I was just reading through this source out of personal intrest.
-Who is the intended audience?
People who are badly informed about cancer or people who are at a high risk of getting the disease.
-Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
-Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
No, I just typed in cancer awareness on google and this was one of the first articles that came up and I found it interesting, so I didn’t go through any other sources.
-Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?
Yes, if I was doing a research paper about cancer I would feel very comfortable citing this source, especially since it’s a “.gov” web cite.
Authority: The source of the information.
-Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
-What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations?
‘CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.’
-Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
-Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
Yes there is an email adress and telephone number at the bottom of the page.
-Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
The URL reveals that it’s a government cite.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
-Where does the information come from?
This information comes from the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion & the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
– Is the information supported by evidence?
– Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Yes, this information has been reviewed.
– Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
I can verify some of the information from personal knowledge, but there is no source listed on this page.
– Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
– Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
– What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
It’s to inform people about cancer.
– Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
– Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
The information is fact.
– Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
-Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?