Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Explain five information evaluation criteria; authority, objectivity, accuracy and reliability, ...
Authority  <ul><li>Who is the author (personal or corporate) of the material? </li></ul><ul><li>Determine: </li></ul><ul><...
Accuracy and Reliability  <ul><li>Is the information accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there sufficient supporting informatio...
Objectivity  <ul><li>Is the information presented based on facts? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it has bias to politics? Religion...
Currency  <ul><li>How current is the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is currency important to you? </li></ul><ul><li>If the...
Scope  <ul><li>Is the coverage good enough for your research? </li></ul><ul><li>For which target group is the information ...
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  1. 2. Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Explain five information evaluation criteria; authority, objectivity, accuracy and reliability, currency and scope; and </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate and select information using the evaluation criteria identified. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Authority <ul><li>Who is the author (personal or corporate) of the material? </li></ul><ul><li>Determine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s credential by looking at his/her background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If from websites, check out the web page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check links to the author, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Accuracy and Reliability <ul><li>Is the information accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there sufficient supporting information in the form of statistics, reports, etc.? </li></ul><ul><li>Can the information be verified using print or other sources? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the publisher? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the type of domain? (edu, gov, etc.) </li></ul>
  4. 5. Objectivity <ul><li>Is the information presented based on facts? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it has bias to politics? Religion? Gender? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the writing commercially propaganda? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it to promote or sell products? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Currency <ul><li>How current is the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is currency important to you? </li></ul><ul><li>If there is no date in a website, do not presume it is current. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Scope <ul><li>Is the coverage good enough for your research? </li></ul><ul><li>For which target group is the information written? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it meant for general or academic reading? </li></ul><ul><li>How comprehensive is the scope? </li></ul>
  7. 8. Learning Skills: Evaluating Information by Open University Malaysia is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://oer.oum.edu.my. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.oum.edu.my.

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