While you are searching for relevant information about your topic you will need to think about the accuracy of the information, whether the information is from a reputable source, whether it is objective and current. The basic criteria for assessing information and questions you might want to think about are listed below.
- Is the information reliable?
- Is the information error-free?
- Is the information based on proven facts?
- Can the information be verified against other reliable sources?
- Who is the author?
- Does he or she have the qualifications to speak/write on that topic?
- Is the author affiliated with a reputable university or organization in this subject field?
- Is the source peer reviewed or refereed?
- What is the intended purpose of the information?
- Is the information fact or opinion?
- Is the information biased?
- When was the information published?
- Is the information current or out-dated?
- Does currency matter in this topic?
- Does the information covered meet your information needs?
- Does it provide basic or in depth coverage
Pyrczak, F. & Randall R. (2017) Evaluating research in academic journals : A practical guide to realistic evaluation. (6th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
Critical appraisal or critiquing the literature
The Sage Research Methods Online database (SRMO) is a good source of full text electronic Books, chapters, and articles on a range of research methodologies. It includes a wide range of items in relation to literature review processes, and importantly how to read critically.
Goodwyn, A. & Stables, A. W. (2004). Learning to Read Critically: Learning to read critically in language and literacy : SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781849209410
Quinton, S. & Smallbone, T. (2006). How to read critically. In Sage Study Skills: Postgraduate research in business (pp. 81-96). : SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781849209564.n6
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