Evaluating Information Tutorial

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Introduction
What... is the focus?
For example...
Activity
Summary of what to look for
Who... produced it?
Publishing processes
Example
Summary of what to look for
Why... has it been produced?
Activity
Summary of what to look for
When... was it published?
Activity
Summary of what to look for
Final reminder

A stack of blue booksWhilst carrying out your research you will gather a large amount of material from a wide range of sources. It is important that this information is appropriate for use in your academic work.

Not all information is good quality and so how do you decide whether or not to include it? This tutorial will introduce you to the following key criteria for evaluating the quality of information:

  • What... is the focus?
  • Who... produced it?
  • Why... has it been produced?
  • When... was it published?

Allow 15 minutes to complete this tutorial.

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Adapted from the Open University's SAFARI tutorial by Cardiff University, with permission from the Open University Library.

Created by Information Services. Copyright © Cardiff University, 2008; all rights reserved.