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HCS531 Research Skills Guide: Evaluate


A criterion of each assessment item in this subject is that you use relevant and credible sources. This means that part of the success of your assessments will rely on the quality of your sources. You are required to evaluate the credibility of each source in your annotated bibliography, and you will rely on the quality of these sources to review your identified human service issue and to support your proposed solutions. But how can you tell whether the resources you have found are credible?

The different range of resource types you can use are: books, journal articles, research papers, and government reports. Appropriately evaluating each of these resource types requires knowledge about what makes each of these resource types credible. The information in this section will help you evaluate the information you find in books, journal articles, or elsewhere online. It will also guide you in the direction of where you need to look to find credible information. 

Evaluate Internet Resources

The website domain provides you a hint as to the reliability of the website at which you are looking.

.edu (educational institution)

.gov (government)

These are more likely to be reliable and unbiased.

.org (non-profit organisation)

.asn (non-commercial organisation)

Sometimes these organisations may show a bias toward one side of a topic.

.com (commercial site)

.net (network)

Critically evaluate these sites as they may be unreliable.


Using google effectively