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Resources After College --Open Sources l: Evaluation

This guide will point to sources of books, journal articles and websites that are scholarly but free and although they may need a sign-in they do not require a student or member ID.

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The 5 Ws

Evaluating Sources.


Evaluating the resources are very important when choosing an OER or any new resources. The following is a list of questions that should be considered when evaluating an item:


  • Where does the resource come from?
  • Who produced it?
  • Does it use appropriate sources?
  • How current is it?
  • Is it coherent/ self-contained?
  • What cultural context does it assume?
  • What legal jurisdiction does it assume?
  • Is it specific to any given accreditation process?


What can I do with resources?

  • Are there any license restrictions? (for Example, a Share-a-like license?)
  • Is the resource format suitable for adaptation?


Resources assumed to use the resource

  • Does it require access to particular digital resources (course readings)?
  • Does it require access to particular software
  • Does it require access to particular tools/ infrastructure?

Type of interaction assumed by the resource

  • Does it assume any particular type of interaction (group works?)
  • Does it assume any form of online interaction/ community?
  • Does it assume expert assistance?
  • How does it fit with my patterns of learning?


Credit: University of Regina. Archer Library. Open Educational Resources


Evaluating Sources for Credibility. libncsu