The following are some helpful guidelines for recognizing what type of source (scholarly, popular, political, etc.) you are reading and for evaluating its relevance and usefulness to your topic and your research process in general. Rather than used as a checklist, these seven points are considerations to make and questions to ask when evaluating a source or piece of information.
1. Authorship - who is the creator?
2. Currency - when was this information first made available?
3. Publishing Format - in what form is this information accessed?
4. Point of View or Bias - what background and opinions inform the author's arguments?
5. References to Other Sources - who does the author cite to support their arguments?
6. Relevance to Topic and Assignment - is this information relevant/related to your research task/need?
7. Organization and Appearance - what do the visual cues of the source tell you?
*For more information about bias specific to news/media, the following is a useful resource: How to Detect Bias in the News from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)