Whe you evaluate information you are looking at certain criteria that will help you decide how useful the material is for you.
When was it published? In what year?
Who did it write it? is the author an expert on the subject?
What publishing house published the work?
Is it academic?
Is it government based?
Is it recognized for its quality and objectivity?
What point of view is the author presenting? It the author partial or impartial?
Is it considered an opinion or investigative or analysis piece?
What is it about?
Is it general or covers the topic in depth?
Who is the audience?
university students, popular, experts in the topic?
When you provide a critical analysis, you offer readers an evaluation of the work or the text that will hep them determine the value of the content and the author, and the intended audience. Your review should provide unbiased information, an interpretation if needed, and your objective evaluation.
Identify the author's credentials
Provide background information: publishing house, title of work)
Identify main ideas of the work or text and subject matter
Summarize the content covering these main ideas and subject matter
Analyze structure of the text (use of illustrations, prose, verse, narration style, overall organization)
Identify the purpose of the work and evaluate it
To target a specific audience
To persuade with opinion and emotions
To convey factual information and reasoning