As you find information, you need to review and evaluate that information for quality and relevancy. A clearly, well-defined topic allows you to quickly eliminate irrelevant information; if you developed a TQR, revisit it as you review your information sources to determine the relevancy of that information to your topic.
Evaluating the quality of your information requires you put your critical and creative thinking skills to use.
EKU Libraries has developed the following basic criteria - based on the work of Paul & Elder - for evaluating information:
Accuracy - content is grammatically correct, verifiable and cited when necessary
Author – defines who created the content, the individuals or group's credentials/expertise and provides contact information
Currency - information is current and updated frequently
Fairness – content is balanced, presenting all sides of an issue and multiple points-of-view
Relevance - content is relevant to your topic or research
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