At university, you are expected to use high quality research in your assignments, but with so much information available, particularly online, how do you decide what is appropriate to use?
Evaluating the information sources that you find and use to make sure they are reliable and credible is, therefore, very important.
Whenever you use a source think about and ask the following:
This is known as the 5 W's and is just one of several tools you can use to help you critically evaluate your sources. Another well known evaluating resource is the CRAAP test, this is very similar to the 5 W's but more memorable! It stands for:
The following document looks at the CRAAP test in more detail