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Includes resources of support teaching and learning in the Queen's School of English.

Information literacy

Information literacy is a key skill in the research and writing process; it will help you “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (ala.org). These tips can be applied to analyze reading all information you may encounter in the research phase to determine if it belongs in your report.

Evaluating Sources Checklist

Use this checklist to evaluate your sources:

Purpose

Why was the resource written? Was the author's purpose to inform, persuade, or to refute a particular idea or point of view?

Audience

Is the resource intended for the general public, scholars, professionals,etc.

Authority

What are the author's qualifications? Consider author's educational background, past writings and experience. Is the author associated with an organization or institution? Who is the publisher? Are they well known? Does any group control the publishing company?

Accuracy

Is the information covered fact, opinion, or propaganda? Facts can be usually verified. Opinions evolve from the interpretation of facts. Are the author's conclusions or facts supported with references?

Timeliness

When was the information published? Is the date of publication appropriate for your topic?

Coverage

Is it relevant to your topic? Is the topic covered in depth, partially or is it an broad overview? Does the resource add new information, update other sources or substantiate other resources that you have consulted?

Objectivity

Does the author present multiple viewpoints or is it biased? How do critical reviews rate the work?