• Evaluation

    Finding information for your assignments is just the first step.  You now need to evaluate it.  This checklist may help:

    • Check the abstract (if there is one) to see if the article is useful to you.  The abstract will save you reading the whole thing and rejecting it
    • How old is the article?   Older than you?  Your Mother? Your Grandmother?  That may not be an issue if the piece of research is a classic you would be expected to read
    • How reliable is the source?  A peer reviewed article?  An article in a well regarded professional journal?  An unknown website as opposed to a government, university, professional body site?  
    • Bias - does the resource have an angle?  Is it trying to sell you something?  Are they an organisation with an established view point on an issue?
    • Remember that when searching Google the best results are not always those that display first - look through the pages.    Look at the tab "Better Googling for tips on searching effectively.

    Watch this video on evaluating results