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Finding information

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Criteria for evaluating sources

Author

  • is the author qualified to write on this topic? 
  • does the author have affiliations with reputable institutions? 
  • does the author cite other sources in a reference list?
  • for websites such as YouTube, is it clear who is posting the content?

Currency

  • is the information up-to-date for your purpose? 
  • is the website content current for your purpose?
  • check the publication date for all content

Accuracy

  • is the information up-to-date for your purpose? 
  • is the website content current for your purpose?
  • check the publication date for all content

Purpose

  • does the author provide a particular perspective (e.g. political, historical, gendered, or religious)?
  • are multiple viewpoints presented?
  • are the author’s conclusions based on personal opinion or evidence?

Audience

  • who is the information for: the general public, scholars or professional practitioners? 
  • is this reflected in the writing style and terminology?

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Further resources

Other sections of Achieve@Uni have information about Reading and Note-taking.