ENGL 1102 - Thompson (Paulding) - Spring 2021


About the 5Ws

What are the 5Ws?

  • They are a handy set of tips to guide your evaluation in order to determine if a source is reliable, credible, and authoritative.

How do you use them?

  • Ask the suggested questions. How you answer them should help you determine if your source is a good one.
  • The 5Ws Quick Chart is your handy one-stop-shop.
  • For detailed explanation, check out the More on 5Ws tab (in the left-hand menu above). It provides more information about each W to help you understand the good and the bad of sources.
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