Now that you've searched and found various information sources, how well do they all fit together? Do different sources contradict each other? How reliable is the information you found? As you research it is vitally important to critically review and reflect on everything you encounter, even the most seemly reputable sources.
When searching for information, whether it is in a book, in an article or on the web, you will find both high quality and poor quality information. You must carefully choose the information you use. Review the following criteria and answer the questions based on the information you are evaluating. A high quality source with quality information will enable you to answer MOST of the questions with a "YES."
Defines who created the content, the individual or group's credentials/expertise and provides contact information
Content is balanced, presenting all sides of an issue and multiple points-of-view
Content is grammatically correct, verifiable and cited when necessary
Content is relevant to your topic or research
Information is current and updated frequently
**Used with permission, Eastern Kentucky University Libraries.
Review the websites below and attempt to answer the above questions for each site. Which ones are credible for academic research and which ones might be less so? In what contexts could they each be credible sources?
The tutorial below will teach you how to find quality information on the web.
*From the Intute Virtual Training Suite.