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Evaluating information

Publishing and sharing information has become more accessible. Academics has put up a number of hurdles to tackle mis- and disinformation from spreading, such as peer review. However journals, books and authors can be biased or prejudiced. How can you judge whether or not a publication or an internet site is trustworthy? Here you will find some useful leads to help you judge information.

It can be tempting to use material that is easy to understand and entertaining like blog posts or Youtube videos in your paper. What is tricky about using popular material instead of scholarly material? In these tutorials you can learn about the difference between scholarly and popular material: 

Popular vs Scholarly Sources
Analyze articles to learn the differences between popular and scholarly sources.
Duration 5 minutes
By University of Arizona
Scholarly or popular?
A very short tutorial to find out if you are dealing with a scholarly article or not.
Duration One minute!
By University of Michigan

Types of academic work

Learning Objective  You will be introduced to a variety of scholarly sources that are available to you for your research and information needs.
Duration 10 minuten
By University of Missouri-Kansas city

It is important to ask yourself a number of questions while reading a source, such as: Who wrote the information? Why/When/Where did they publish it and can you find references to other publication about your topic? This follows a technique called lateral reading, where you first consider the container of the text, before you look at the text itself.  

For information found solely online there is an additional method, called the SIFT method. In many cases it will take about 30 seconds to quickly check whether for example a news report is true.

Evaluating Information
Learning Objective You will learn standard evaluation criteria to help you quickly and accurately evaluate information.
Duration 10 minutes
By University of Vermont Libraries
Evaluating information and critical thinking
Learning Objective Learn how to think critically about your information sources, and evaluate information that you find to ensure that it is reliable, accurate, of good quality, and relevant to your assignment.
Duration 10 minutes
By University of Sheffield Library
Finding the good stuff
Learning Objective You will learn to identify high-quality and relevant information you can use in your academic work.
Duration 20 minutes
By University of Manchester
Analyzing article content 
You learn how to read and evaluate journal articles.  
Duration 20 minuten
By University of Missouri-Kansas city
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