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  • 1. LIBR 250 WEEK 7
  • 2. EVALUATING INFORMATION Learn how to use a set of criteria to evaluate information, information sources and databases Learn how to identify for credibility and appropriateness Engage in critical analysis of information
  • 3. FINDING INFORMATION IS THE EASY PART… Evaluating it for credibility and appropriateness is the intellectual heavy lifting Inverse relationship between finding and evaluating What does this mean?
  • 4. CRITICAL ANALYSIS Largely common sense! Also depends upon understanding how information is published/created Timeline of information
  • 5. TYPES OF RESOURCES Journals/Periodicals (scholarly journals, trade publications, popular magazines) Websites (.com, org, .edu, .gov) Newspapers Books (scholarly or popular) Reference sources (encyclopedias, indexes, directories, handbooks) All of these need to be evaluated for appropriateness, currentness and authority/credibility
  • 6. AUTHORITY/CREDIBILITY Who is the author? (credentials, expertise, experienced, licensed, other things they’ve published) Who is the publisher? Who owns the resource (useful for websites!) For websites: What kind of domain? Intended audience Objectivity Verifiable?
  • 7. CURRENTNESS & APPROPRIATENESS Date of publication What if there is no date? Who is the intended audience? What is the purpose and scope?
  • 8. NOT COMPLICATED