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
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?
Largely common sense!
Also depends upon understanding how information is
Timeline of information
TYPES OF RESOURCES
Journals/Periodicals (scholarly journals, trade
publications, popular magazines)
Websites (.com, org, .edu, .gov)
Books (scholarly or popular)
(encyclopedias, indexes, directories, handbooks)
All of these need to be evaluated for
appropriateness, currentness and 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
For websites: What kind of domain?
Date of publication
What if there is no date?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the purpose and