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Pathway to best informationConcept mapping and keywordsJoining search terms
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What you will learn in this module?

This module on "Evaluating your information" covers the principles for evaluating information including how to:

  • Identify why it is important to evaluate information
  • Identify criteria used for the evaluation of sources of information
  • Apply evaluative criteria to information from a range of publication types

Watch the short videos, work through the tutorial and read the content to make sure you know how to accurately evaluate information. The evaluation checklists in table format provide a good overview of evaluating different types of resources.


Complete this evaluation tutorial

This tutorial will consolidate your expertise in evaluating information. Click on Book 5: Evaluating Information. The pages of the tutorial may load slowly. Make sure you do the activities to check your understanding of the evaluation process. The tutorial will take 15-45 minutes to complete.

evaluating information

Evaluating Information by Cranfield University


Evaluation criteria

Using the Criteria Wheel allows you to critically evaluate information by authority, accuracy, reliability, validity, bias and timeliness.

criteria wheel


Can I use these sources?

Many Google books provide a preview to many online books.  Learn how to evaluate these books by watching this short video (1.58 min).

Can I use this source? by UWM Libraries


Try this exercise to test your skills of evaluation

Evaluation checklists

Use these checklists to guide you when you are evaluating information.


Why is it important to evaluate information?

image of wordsThe Internet allows a wealth of information to be found rapidly on almost any topic. The challenge is identifying sources that are reliable and appropriate for the assignment or information need.

Finding sources appropriate for university assignments requires time and critical evaluation. Being able to evaluate print and electronic information makes it easier to choose appropriate sources.                                   

The type of research determines how closely sources are examined. Academic research requires accurate, appropriate, and documented sources of information. Ronald Standler's article provides a good overview on evaluating information.

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Evaluating information sources

Not all information is credible. Watch this video produced by the University of Queensland (3.11 min) to guide you through the process of using different criteria to evaluate all your information sources, helping you to recognise quality information for your assignments.

Evaluating Information Sources by UQ Library


Critically evaluating websites

Watch the following video as a starting point to learn how to evaluate websites and other Internet information:

Evaluating Websites by csufpollaklibrary


Identifying good sources in Google Scholar

Google Scholar is accessible from the UNE library homepage. Click on Google, then select the Google Scholar radio button. Accessing Google Scholar from the library homepage provides links to the full text of articles when they are available from the library subscriptions. This video (3.53 min) explains how to  assess content retrieved via this search engine.

Google Scholar by UWM Libraries

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