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Evaluating Information: Home

Why is it Important to Evaluate Information

We know that anyone can put information on the web and make it available online. Online information contains everything from useful information to misleading information, advertisements, news, entertainment, advocacy, and even propaganda and fake information. 

How can you tell whether that information is credible and authoritative- be it via the Web or published in journal articles?   

There is a similar risk when you are evaluating the journal articles for your research.  Not all journal articles may be appropriate to use in a research assignment just as not all online information on the Web. How do you evaluate information?  

Qualities of Good Scholarship: clear, well-written; calm and objective tone; balanced and reasoned presentation; accurate presentation of facts; all sources are documented. Scholarly Journals have an editorial board comprised of subject area experts. They examine the article manuscript for accuracy and objectivity and accreditation before it is published.

Qualities of Poor Scholarship: bad grammar or misspellings; sweeping generalizations; uses emotional appeals; excessive claims of certainty; biased information, no author affiliation or contact information and, no documentation of sources.

So, how do you ESCAPE from misleading information sources?  How can you evaluate if the information is non-biased and correct?

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