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Roseman University Library - Evaluating Resources

How will you evaluate the importance and merit of a resource to your research? This PowerPoint presentation will walk you through the process of considering how to determine if an item is valid research.

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Roseman University Library - Evaluating Resources

  1. 1. Evaluating Resources University Library
  2. 2. Learning outcomes In this presentation, you’ll learn: • What criteria you can use to evaluate resources. • How to check for a resource’s currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
  3. 3. Evaluating resources • There are many things to consider when determining if a resource is appropriate to use. o Currency o Relevancy o Authority o Accuracy o Purpose (Meriam Library, 2010)
  4. 4. Currency • When was the info published or posted? • Has the info been revised or updated? • Are links functional? • How current does the info need to be for your project?
  5. 5. Relevancy • Does the info relate to your topic or answer your question? • Who is the intended audience? • Is the info at the appropriate level?
  6. 6. Authority • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? • Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given? o What are they? • What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic ? • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address? • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
  7. 7. Accuracy • Has the information been reviewed or referred? • Can you verify the info in another source or from personal knowledge? • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion? • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
  8. 8. Purpose • What is the purpose of the information? To inform? Teach? Sell? Entertain? Persuade? • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  9. 9. Summary • Evaluate resources based on: o Currency o Relevancy o Accuracy o Authority o Purpose
  10. 10. Questions? Library staff are here to help you. o Call us  702-968-2040 (Henderson)  801-878-1020 (South Jordan) o Text questions to 801-872-9715 o Ask a question online at
  11. 11. References References Meriam Library. (2010). Evaluating information – Applying the CRAAP Test. Retrieved from