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This research guide was prepared for students in Beth Kelch's MTH-118W course.

Using TEAR to evaluate information

You are using the "TEAR" criteria for evaluating information for this assignment:


Who wrote it or sponsored the site?

  • Can you find the name of the author or organization?
  • Can you learn more about the organization on an "about us" page?

Is the person or organization an expert in the field?

  • Is the author's name posted?
  • Can you learn more about the author by clicking on the name or doing a google search?
  • Is a biography provided?
  • What is the purpose of the organization?

Can the information be verified elsewhere?

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Are References listed?
  • Can you get to studies mentioned? Do the links work and provide the information expected?
  • Can you verify information on another site?

Awards, accolades, rankings, history?

  • Author awards?
  • How long has the organization been active? Who are the members?