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Tips & Criteria for Evaluating Information

The rest of this chapter will describe all of the following criteria for evaluation. Photos.com ImageA strong source will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Authoritative
  • Current
  • Accurate
  • Relevant
  • Clearly written & presented

 To check for these criteria you will need to consider the following:

  • Where it came from -- author and publisher
  • When it was created -- publication date
  • What it covers and how it covers it -- content and presentation of the information

TIP: Items in the library are usually easier to evaluate because they have already been reviewed twice by the time you see them. First, an editor verifies that the information is accurate and then a librarian determines whether the item is appropriate for the collection.

Caution! Information sources that are freely-available on the Web usually do not pass through a rigorous review process (like resources in the library) so you'll need to look at these sources more closely. For more information on critically evaluating WWW resources check out this web page: /library/evaluatewww.htm

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