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Evaluating Information and Fake News: Welcome

You've found some information for an assignment...but how do you tell if the information is any good?

Welcome

Now that you have found some literature resources the next question has to be:

“Should I use this information?”

Not all information is created equal.  Some information is more equal than others.

Your task is to sort out what is good, reliable, academically sound, rigorously researched information.

Don’t panic.  It is not as hard as it seems and, there is a lot of data available to help you sort the good from the bad and ugly.

How Can I Tell

 

 

There are several techniques you can use to assess the academic quality and reliability of resources before spending time reading/viewing/listening to them:

 

  • Peer review – has it been assessed by respected academics in the field
  • CRAAP – a handy acronym for a series of subjective tests
  • Statistical measures – use a variety of tools and sources to construct bibliometric and altmetric measures of objective quality.

 

Why Does it Matter

Using poor quality sources will reduce the credibility and reliability of your work.  It may even result in you reaching the wrong conclusions.

This can have a serious impact on your work and may even result in greater harm as demonstrated in this video...

 

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