Critically evaluating information
The books, journal articles and websites recommended for your course or found on your Online Reading List have already been evaluated for their quality by your lecturers. However, when you are asked to find your own information it’s important to evaluate it for its credibility, reliability, and impartiality.
There is a significant difference between an article on "diets which may prevent cancer" published in a popular culture magazine like Hello, and one that is published in the Nutrition Research journal.
For your work to meet assessment criteria at university level, you need to be able to substantiate your research with acceptable sources. In this section you will learn how to critically evaluate different sources of information. Click on the individual sections to learn more.