Evaluating your information is about deciding which material is most helpful and reliable. Learn how to assess your sources, find peer-reviewed journals, and get to know the criteria you need to sift through it all.
Peer review is a process where an author's work is read by other experts in the field who comment on the accuracy of what is presented and the quality of the data.
How to check if an article is peer-reviewed
Use Urlrich's Periodical Dictionary (Ulrichweb) to find information on a journal, including whether or not it is considered to be scholarly.
To access Ulrichweb from the library's website...
Evaluating information has always been important, but now it is even more critical given we live in an age of "information explosion". Using the following evaluation criteria can help you decide to keep or discard certain information you have found.
|Currency or Timeliness
|Bias or Point of View
Information can be subtly or overtly affected by the creator's point of view or bias. Sometimes this can be identified easily, at other times it may be hidden. Bias is not necessarily a bad thing if you are aware of it and can find information to balance it. Support for either side of a controversy can contain "truth".