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?



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