Style, use of language and organisation
Do you like the way that the information is written? Is it easy to read and clearly explained? We all respond differently to different styles of writing. If you are finding the style or use of language of a particular source difficult, then ask yourself if you really need to use it? How unique is it? Can you get the same information elsewhere? Has a review been written about the source or has the source been commented on elsewhere?
As a measure of how well the source has been written, you may also like to consider it's organisation:
- Is the information well organised with good use of headings and sub-headings (Rumsey 2004)?
- Are the title and any subheadings meaningful and do they reflect the content?
- Does the source contain what the author claims it will in the introduction, preface or synopsis?
- Do any diagrams / images / data enhance the text? Do the legends provide sufficient explanation of any figures used?
- Is any complex jargon clearly explained (Greetham 2001)?
- Is the meaning clear and unambiguous?