Evaluating and using Information

This section explains how to use the information you find within your academic work.

1. Introduction

Effectively evaluating information is one of the key skills that we are encouraging you to develop in this module.

Let's start in a very general way by thinking about how different academic disciplines approach and use information.

  • Is there a single approach which can be used to evaluate information in all subjects?
  • Can certain information always be regarded as inherently unsuitable for academic study?
  • And can complex theories and ideas ever be simply expressed, or simple ideas ever become over-complicated because of poor writing?


Test your ability to evaluate information in this quiz. The first question is intended for all QMUL students; the other questions relate to specific subjects, but even if, for example, you're not a Chemistry student, have a go at answering Question 2 - we hope that the feedback we give will help you think more widely about the complex nature of information and its uses.

Why not discuss the matter with friends; you may find that people studying other subjects have a rather different take on the matter!

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