Use these criteria to assist you in evaluating the coverage of a document.

  • What appears to be the purpose of this information?
    • Is it specifically stated or implied?
    • Does it inform, persuade, entertain, or sell something?
  • Who is the intended audience?
    • Is it for scholars or students of the subject?
    • Is it for the layperson?
  • How thorough or complete is it?
  • What is its range and depth of coverage?

 Where to Look

  • Check for documents titled readme or about this....
  • Examine the body of the document.
  • Check the URL.
  • Compare the information with similar sites.