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Should I use this information?: Is this information good enough?
This guide poses some questions that will help you decide what information sources are best for your work
Who is the author? Are they a qualified expert with academic credential in the subject?
Can you identify the institution or organisation, if any, to which the author is affiliated?
Who is the intended audience for the work? Is it meant for the general public or for a more specialised, academic audience?
Who published it? What type of information do they usually publish?
Question the motives someone may have in creating information.
Why was it written?
Is it fact based or opinion based?
Is it intended to inform, educate, entertain, sell something?
What ideas is the author trying to promote?
Is the argument being presented balanced or does there seem to be a bias?
Being aware of where you find information will help you decide on its usefulness. If you find information via DkIT Library then it has already been through a quality control process that ensures it is of a good standard. You will still need to evaluate whether it is appropriate your particular academic task.
Where did the information come from? Is it a popular press publication, trade publication, academic journal or something else?
Did you find it using the DkIT Library catalogue or subscribed databases?
Is it from the web? Remember that anyone can publish on the web so It can be difficult to judge the quality of a website. See Evaluating Web Sources
Where are the sources the author used to create the information? A reference list or bibliography should list these sources
When was it written?
Has it been updated? Are there newer editions or revisions?
Has the material changed from a previous publication?
Is the timeframe appropriate for your assignment? Does your source need to be current? In some subject areas you will be expected to use up-to-date sources, in others older sources may be just as useful.