Evaluating the information

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Before you start

STEP 1: STARTING out

STEP 2: FINDING

STEP 3: EVALUATE

- Fact vs opinion

- Currency

- Authority

- Intended audience

- Publishing body

- Popular vs academic

- Primary vs secondary sources

- Critical reading

- Eliminate irrelevant information

- Internet

- CARS checklist

- Quiz

STEP 4: Legal and ethical USE

STEP 5: COMMUNICATE

You have probably found quite a lot of information on your topic by now. How do you decide whether it is suitable? The following tips and techniques will help you to evaluate the information:

  Fact vs opinion   Primary vs. secondary sources  
  Currency   Critical reading  
  Authority   Eliminate irrelevant information  
  Intended audience   Internet  
  Publishing body   CARS checklist  
  Popular vs. academic   Quiz  

See a summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation

For more information see the following web sites:

University of Fort Hare Library: How to Evaluate Electronic Sources

Internet Detective

Evaluating Information found on the Web
(University of Arizona Library)

Evaluating Information Sources
(Montana State University)

Evaluating Information
(University of Limerick College of Education)