Appropriate information for your assignments

How do I decide which information is right for my assignments?

You should critically evaluate the information you use for your assignments and examine it for relevance and reliability. First evaluate the source of your information then the content.

Regardless of its source, all the information you find for your work should be evaluated – think critically about information! Is it an academic, scholarly, or popular (aimed at a general audience) source? Most newspapers and magazines are popular, whereas academic journals and conference papers are scholarly. If it is a journal, is it peer-reviewed? Is it appropriate?

For further information, visit the Evaluating Information and Fake News survival guide or contact a librarian in one of the libraries.

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