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Research Guide

This guide has been created to provide quick access to resources that support the research process.

Evaluating Information Sources

Libncsu. (2015, June 9). Evaluating sources for credibility [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/PLTOVoHbH5c

There are many methods for evaluating information. Below are just two examples:

CARS credible, accurate, reasonable, support

­CRAAP currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, purpose

Cranfield University Libraries. (2015, September 11). CARS: Evaluating information you find on the internet [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/2kBTthmdmIQ

Evaluating Web Information

Not all sources on the Web are equally valuable or reliable. Individual sites are not screened or standardized in any way to determine if the information they provide is accurate or useful. Critically evaluating the information you find is central to successful academic research. Determining the credibility of information found on the Web is not always easy.

Look for the following criteria when you are evaluating information sources:

Credibility

Trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it

Accuracy

Up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth

Reasonableness

Fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth

Support

Listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it)