Evaluating Information Tutorial

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


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

Created by University Library Service, Cardiff University. Copyright © Cardiff University, 2008; all rights reserved.