Where to start?
When beginning your research, consider these 5 points when deciding what material you will read and trust.
Currency/Date: the timeliness of the information
Relevancy/Coverage: the importance and scope of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information
Authority: the source of the information
Purpose: the reason the information exists
For more, see the CRAAP Test
When evaluating information, consider:
- What are the claims being made by the author(s)?
- What evidence is provided to support those claims?
- How does the information offered on this site relate to what is provided in other sources, both non-print and print?
Think critically about the information provided:
How could the information be verified? Is the information specific? How is the information related to your research question? Does the information address the complexities and significant factors of the topic? Do you need to consider another point of view? Is there another way to look at this question? Does all of this make sense?