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Key research skills

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)?

Evaluate Your Resources

Build Your Skills

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

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. 


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