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InfoBits: Explore & Evaluate Your Information

What You'll Learn

InfoBits - Build your research skills

  • How to identify suitable information
  • How to determine if you have reliable, quality information

Important Terms

Save Time

noteKeep track of your resources right from the start. If you don't, it may be challenging to refer back for more information or for citing and creating your bibliography.

For each resource, record the:

  • Article title
  • Publication or book title
  • Database or website name
  • Date, page numbers, etc. 

Explore & Evaluate Your Information

Explore & Evaluate Your Information - Determine the quality of resources and how to finish your research.

Use the key concepts and terms that you created from Develop Your Topic. Look for information that meets your research goals. Select the most useful articles, books, and websites, using the tools on this page to guide you in the right direction.

Are You On Target?

As you gather resources:

  • Stay on target and look for information that addresses your research question or thesis statement.
  • Are resources you found earlier in your investigation still relevant?
  • Is the information suitable for your assignment?
  • Do resources meet the needs of your assignment?
  • Avoid using information that doesn't support your topic.

Is Your Information Truly Useful?

Apply these questions to the information you've found. The answers should help you decide if your information is useful.

  • Is the author an authority in the field? What are the author's credentials?
  • Is the information accurate and factual or based on opinion?
  • Is there a bibliography?
  • Is the information understandable, logical and well-organized?
  • Is the information still current? What is the publication date?
  • What is the purpose of the information – to inform, persuade or entertain?
  • Is the information presented objectively or with a bias?
  • Who is the target audience (the general public, scholars, professionals or children)?
  • Does the publisher have high standards (a university press indicates quality)?

Disclaimer

Yavapai College does not necessarily endorse nor condone content found on third-party websites. Links are provided as a convenience only.

Build Your Skills

Complete the "Explore and Evaluate Your Information" section to determine if your information is still relevant to your assignment.

Evaluate Your Resources

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