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FYSem 110DG Learning in a Digital Age, Fall 2017

Evaluating Resources

Criteria to use when assessing the quality of the information you find and deciding which sources to use for your research
Not all information resources are created equal!  Be sure you think about what kind of information you are using.  Some quick guidelines:

  • Authority - Can you tell who the author is? What are the author's and publisher's credentials?
  • Currency - What is the publication date? This is especially important if you need current/up-to-date information.
  • Audience - Is it written/intended for an academic or a popular audience?
  • Bias - What is the author's point of view?
  • Relevance - Is the information relevant to your research question?
  • Accuracy - Does the author cite his/her sources?

U. of California, Berkeley Library Guide for Evaluating Resources A guide to evaluating resources and distinguishing Scholarly & Popular sources

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography contains your list of references with additional "annotations" following each reference. For this class the references should be formatted in APA style. After each reference you should provide three annotations:a synopsis of the findings in this resource, a critique of those findings, and  how you plan to use this resource in your project. 

There are many good sample annotated bibliographies online and explanations of how to build them. These are some worthwhile examples:

Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form