The basic rules for evaluating a source for quality are the same as the "5 W's" of journalism: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
Who produced this source and what do you know about them, their credentials, and their motives?
What is the factual or emotional content of the source and does it reflect a universal or subjective reality?
When was it produced and how does that time frame affect its potential relevance?
Where was it published and does that publisher evaluate sources before publishing them? Does the place of publication reflect on the competence or impartiality of the source? Is this a re-publication and, if so, where was it originally published?
Why was the item produced and published? To educate? To influence? To sell something? To promote the creator?
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Scholarly vs. Popular- Yale College Writing Center.
Sometimes it will be difficult to distinguish between film criticism and film reviews, but it is important to recognize their key differences so you can use them to support your arguments. Both have value, but are written for very different audiences and for different purposes.