(see handout below)
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
The ACT UP Method (1)
A - author. Who wrote the resource? Who are they? Background information matters.
C - currency. When was this resource written? When was it published? Does this resource fit into the currency of your topic?
T - truth. How accurate is this information? Can you verify any of the claims in other sources? Are there typos and spelling mistakes?
U - unbiased. Is the information presented to sway the audience to a particular point of view? Resources unless otherwise stated should be impartial.
P - privilege. Check the privilege of the author(s). Are they the only folks who might write or publish on this topic? Who is missing in this conversation? Critically evaluate the subject terms associated with each resource you found. How are they described? What are the inherent biases?
(1) Stahura, D. (2018). ACT UP for evaluating sources: Pushing against privilege. College & Research Libraries News, 79(10), 551. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.79.10.551