Appropriate information for your assignments

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

Answer ID 685 | Last updated on 01/02/2023 03.49 PM

It's important to critically evaluate the information you use for your assignments and examine it for both relevance and reliability taking into consideration your focus question.

In most cases you will be seeking information that is authoritative and reliable.  All the information you find for your work should be evaluated – think critically about and weigh up both the source of your information and the quality of the information content for your assignment focus. Is it an academic, scholarly, or a popular source (aimed at a general audience)? 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. For direct help, you can ask a question via askUWA, use our Live Chat service or book an online consultation with a librarian via the Book a Librarian service.   

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