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Evaluating Information Sources. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Department of Library & Information Science University of the Punjab. Evaluating information sources for relevance – Book. Skim its index for your key words, then skim the pages on which those words occur.

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evaluating information sources

Evaluating Information Sources

Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood

Department of Library & Information Science

University of the Punjab

evaluating information sources for relevance book
Evaluating information sources for relevance – Book
  • Skim its index for your key words, then skim the pages on which those words occur.
  • Skim the first and last paragraphs in chapters that use a lot of your key words.
  • Skim introduction, summary chapters, and so on.
  • Skim the last chapter, especially the first and last two or three pages.
  • If the source is a collection of articles, skim the editor’s introduction.
  • Check the bibliography for titles relevant to your topic.
evaluating information sources for relevance article
Evaluating information sources for relevance – Article
  • Read the abstract.
  • Skim the introduction and conclusion, or if they are not marked by headings, skim the first six or seven paragraphs and the last four or five.
  • Skim for section headings, and read the first and last paragraphs of those sections.
  • Check the bibliography for titles relevant to your topic.
evaluating information sources for relevance online
Evaluating information sources for relevance – Online
  • If it looks like a printed article, follow the steps for a journal article.
  • Skim sections labeled “introduction,” “overview,” “summary,” or the like. If there are none, look for a link labeled “About the Site” or something similar.
  • If the site has a link labeled “Site Map” or “Index,” check it for your key words and skim the referenced pages.
  • If the site has a “search” resource, type in your key words.
use colour post its to mark relevance
Use colour post-its to mark relevance
  • Red - high relevance
  • Blue – medium relevance
  • Yellow – low relevance
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Evaluating information sources for reliability

  • Audience
  • Authority
  • Bias
  • Currency
  • Scope
audience
Audience
  • What age group/education level/political affiliation/etc. is the audience?
  • Is this for a person with in-depth knowledge or a layperson?
authority
Authority
  • Does the author’s name appear on the Web page?
  • What are his/her credentials?
  • Does the author provide contact information?
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Bias
  • Is the source objective?
  • Could the writer or the organization’s affiliation put a different spin on the information presented?
  • What is the purpose of the source?
currency
Currency
  • When was the work published?
  • When was the work last updated?
  • How old are the sources or items in the bibliography?
  • How current is the topic?
  • If a Web page, do the links work?
scope
Scope
  • What does/doesn’t the work cover?
  • Is it an in-depth study (many pages) or superficial (one page)?
  • Are sources and statistics cited?
  • If a site, does it offer unique info not found in any other source?