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BEE 2600: Principles of Biological Engineering (Fall 2017)

Be Critical.

Analyze and evaluate your search results. Have you found the most authoritative, accurate, objective, up-to-date, scholarly information available on your research topic?

  • How to Evaluate Information Sources lists some of the critical questions you should ask when you consider the appropriateness of a particular book, article, media resource, or Web site for your research. You also can learn how to distinguish scholarly from non-scholarly journals and periodicals.

Evaluation Checklist

Evaluating Web Pages: Questions to Ask & Strategies for Getting the Answers:

An eight-point evaluation checklist from the UC Berkeley Library.

  • What can the URL tell you?
  • Who wrote the page? Is he, she, or the authoring institution a qualified authority?
  • Is it dated? Current, timely?
  • Is information cited authentic?
  • Does the page have overall integrity and reliability as a source?
  • What's the bias?
  • Could the page or site be ironic, like a satire or a spoof?
  • If you have questions or reservations, how can you satisfy them?