The SMART Check is particularly helpful when evaluating news stories. Determine if your news source is SMART before believing what is reported.
|S||Scope||What is the scope of the article? Does it cover the subject with enough depth and detail?|
|M||Motivation||What is the purpose of the article? To sell you an idea or to inform?|
|Who created the article, and what are the author's credentials?
Can the information be verified?
|Is the content appropriate for your needs? Do you have to have scholarly sources?|
Is the content current?