You have seen some ways to assess argumentation based on the validity of the argumentation itself, who the author is and strategies that authors could use to try to convince you of their opinion. The following checklists give you more tools to evaluate the reliability of texts. These tools can help you assess reliability in general, but also to determine whether or not a text that might be reliable is appropriate for use in your own work. This also covers issues of relevance. Tools at your disposal include:
Have another look at the text about Millenials in the Workplace. Then answer the following questions about this article.
Tip: use this checklist when evaluating your own sources as well.
You are writing an analytical paper about baby boomers currently still in the workplace. You are discussing their views on and current challenges during work in the last years of their career before retirement. Which information from the article on Millennials in the Workplace would you select to use in your paper?
Especially the first half of the article contrasts the Millennials and the Boomers. Page 227 (right column) discusses attitudinal differences and frustrations Boomers may experience in working with Millennials. Page 228 (left column, bottom) discusses what changes in attitude to work-life balance Boomers may adopt from Millennials. Most other references to Boomers are only mentioned in passing and not analyzed in much detail, so the two parts that are, should be considered as more reliable and useful for a text you are writing. In the References section, there is also a source (Zemke et al., 2000) that is relatively recent and deals with a number of generations in the workplace from a management point of view. This could be interesting literature to consult for your paper.
For additional information about how to assess the reliability of sources, see this University Library website. Also check the RefCite for information on how to avoid plagiarism, how to incorporate sources and how to use referencing systems like APA and OSCOLA.