Basic Research: Health and Biomedical InformationLesson 5A Warner Memorial Library PresentationEastern University, St. Davids, PA
with Mark D. PuterbaughInformation Services Librarianmputerba@eastern.edu610-341-1461
One more time. This lesson asks you to review what you have learned. Once you have gathered your research materials it is important to review the materials one more time. Remember, the quality of the information you use will reflects the quality of your research. Double check to make sure the information is current and authoritative?
Lesson 5: Evaluate Your Research This lesson discusses evaluating your research. This can be accomplished by asking a few simple questions. Who wrote it? What is the scope or coverage? Where was it published? When was it written? How is the information presented?
A. Who wrote the article? Know the author’s credentials and affiliations. Where does the author work? What expertise has the author demonstrated? Has the author written previously on the same topic . A book or journal article has most of this information in an easy to find location. I’ll demonstrate!
B. What is the scope? I’ll demonstrate! When determining scope consider the following questions. What is the range of view? How can this be applied? What is the operation? How effective were the outcomes?
C. Where was it published? This does not necessarily refer to geographic location (although it may). The question is who published the book or article? This implies the question of why the item was published. What are the biases reflected in the journal? Was it published by an academic press? Was it published by a professional organization? Was it published by news agency? I’ll demonstrate!
Bias is not necessarily a bad thing!However, it should be recognized in preparing your findings.
D. When was it written? Seems easy enough! I’ll demonstrate!
E. How is the information presented? Are sources or evidence cited? Is there a bibliography, footnotes, or other specific citations? Does the information fit normal academic form? Can you follow the evidence trail? I’ll demonstrate!
End of Lesson 5Please answer the questions for this lesson.After completing the questions begin Lesson 6.