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Finding Research Resources

This guide will aid in finding a variety of information types including reference, scholarly articles, images and other media.

Instruct: Evaluating Information & Bias

Evaluating Information & Bias

This module covers the basics of evaluating resources for authority, accuracy, and other criteria. Identify scholarly information using consciously selected criteria. Determine whether information should be incorporated into an assignment and/or be trusted. Determine potential bias of information source. Perform additional research to verify the information. Choose search tools that will allow for the most effective multimedia searching. Evaluate images and other non-print media based on format-specific criteria. Recognize bias in media and journalism.


* Instructor Guide: Evaluating Information
Video: What is Authority?
Video: Introduction to Bias
Video: Types of Bias
Quiz: Bias
Video: Evaluating Sources
Video: Evaluating Sources (2017 update)
Tutorial: Evaluating Resources
Tutorial: Evaluating Information (2019 update)
Tutorial: Evaluating Information (2018 Update)
Tutorial: Choosing the Best Web Source (2019 update)
Tutorial: Choosing the Best Web Source
Video: How to Identify and Debunk Fake News - RETIRED
Video Tutorial: Understanding Misinformation
Quiz: Misinformation
Quiz: Fake News - RETIRED
Video: Objectivity in Reporting
RETIRED Quiz: Evaluating Information
Quiz: Evaluating Information
Tutorial: News Reporting vs. Opinion Pieces in Journalism
Tutorial: Evaluating Digital Sources Using Lateral Reading

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Library Resources

evaluate & decide

                            Most college-level assignments expect you to take a critical view of all your sources, not just those you may have found online.

It is always important to consider whether the authors of what you are reading are properly qualified and present convincing arguments. Because your time for careful reading is limited, try to skim through your sources first to decide whether they are truly helpful. Once you have chosen your best sources, read the most relevant ones first, leaving the more tangential material aside to use as background information.

Learning to identify scholarly (often known as "peer-reviewed") and non-scholarly sources of information is an important skill to cultivate. Many databases provide help with making this distinction.

Additionally, Ulrich's Directory of Publications is a database that can be searched to check to check the publication type (scholarly, refereed, magazine, etc).

If you are using the internet for research, it is especially important to evaluate the accuracy and authority of the information you find there.