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COM 120 Health Communication: Evaluate your Resources!

Tips For Evaluating Resources

Accurate, current, and appropriate information are valuable commodities.  Be a discriminate consumer of information!  If you are not confident that the information you have retrieved is the best information for your purpose, ask a librarian for assistance.

When evaluating information ask yourself…….

Authority:

        Who is the author?

        Is he/she an expert?

        Who is the publisher?  Are they reputable?

 Objectivity:

        Is this fact or opinion?

        Is the information biased in any way?

        Is there any advertising in the resource?

        Who is the intended audience?

 Accuracy:

        Is the information true? 

        Where did they get the information?

        Is the information cited in a works cited or reference list?

 Currency:

        Is the information dated?

        Is the information current enough for your research?

        Has the information been updated?