Module 1:Knowing your informationWhere information is stored
Searching the library resources
Evaluation Guide
Pathway to best informationConcept mapping and keywordsJoining search terms
Key academic sourcesScholarly vs Popular journal sourcesPeer reviewPrimary, secondary, tertiary sources
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Evaluating sources guide

Reliability and Credibility Where to find the information
Book Article Internet Source
  • Who is the author or creator?
  • Is he/she the original author/creator?
  • Is this person qualified to write this article/web page?
  • What are his/her credentials?
  • What is his/her occupation, position, education, experience?
  • Is the author affiliated with a larger institution?
  • Does an institution (company, government, university, etc.) or internet provider support or endorse this information?
  • What is the mission of the organization?
  • Is it a national institution?
  • What is its membership?
  • Corporate or institutional web page

 

  • Corporate or institutional web page

 

  • Corporate or institutional web page

 

  • When was the source created, published, or last updated?
  • Are the facts accurate?
  • How does this information compare with other sources in the field?
  • Cited sources in bibliography
  • Inclusion in other bibliographies (citation index)
  • Cited sources in bibliography
  • Inclusion in other bibliographies (citation index)
  • Cited sources in bibliography
  • Associated links from site
Perspective Where to find the information
Book Article Internet Source
  • Does the author/creator express a particular point of view?
  • Does the author/creator have a bias?
  • Are the author/creator's affiliations with particular organizations, institutions, associations, etc. reflected in the message or content?
  • Author affiliation statement in source
  • Who's Who...
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Personal web page
  • Corporate or institutional web pages
  • Author affiliation statement in source
  • Who's Who...
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Personal web page
  • Corporate or institutional web pages
  • Author affiliation statement in source
  • Personal web page
  • Corporate or institutional web pages
  • Associated links from site
  • Does the publication/web page in which the article appears or the associated web sites have a bias? [Ideological; subject discipline; etc.]
  • Is the publication/web page, or its parent site, directed toward a particular audience? [General public; scholars in a given field; etc.]
  • Where is the publication/web page published?
  • When was the article/site written or created?
  • Corporate or institutional web
  • Corporate or institutional web pages
  • Associated links from site
  • Corporate or institutional web pages
Purpose Where to find the information
Book Article Internet Source
  • To what audience is the author writing?
  • Is this reflected in writing style, vocabulary, or tone?
  • Does the material inform? Explain? Persuade?
  • Is there sufficient evidence?
  • What conclusions are drawn?
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