Evaluating and using Information
2. How do I know that I have found the information that I need?
There are some simple questions which you should always ask yourself when evaluating information:
- Who wrote the text you are reading? Can you determine the author's credentials?
- What actually is it? Is it an article or perhaps a passage from an e-book, or does it come from a blog, a tweet or an online discussion thread?
- Why was this text written? Consider the motives of the author - are they trying to persuade, to demonstrate or prove something?
- When was it written? It is not always the case that the most recently published information is the best so think carefully about this.
- And finally, is what you are reading relevant to your own work?
Check out this short animated introduction to evaluating information: it will help you memorise the five points mentioned above until they have become second nature.
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