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Evaluating sources  

A guide to evaluating the credibility of the sources of information you use in your assignments.
Last Updated: Jan 9, 2014 URL: http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/evaluating Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Overview of evaluation guide

The credibility of your assignment rests on the credibility of the resources you have used in it to support your arguments. Before you include a resource in your assignment you will need to evaluate it to consider if it is appropriate for a university level assignment.

This guide suggests areas that you may choose to consider when evaluating resources. Of course there are many exceptions to any rule so ultimately it is up to you to decide on the appropriateness of each resource.

For more information on evaluating authority, bias, accuracy, currency, utility and peer-review click on the tabs above or the links below.

 

 

 

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What is the intended audience?

 audience

What's the source's authority?  Is it peer-reviewed?

authority
Is the content biased? bias

How accurate is it?

accuracy

How current is the information?

current
 

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