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Nursing and Allied Health: Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources FAQ

You need to critically evaluate ALL information sources, whether from the web, in print, your professor, or the library (this can be done at differing levels; you generally want to evaluate at a deeper level items you find on the open web). Ideally you want to make sure you are finding literature that represents a variety of viable (and potentially conflicting) perspectives on your topic. You also need to critically evaluate each piece of information you intend to use in your research for:

  1. reliability (see Rat TRAP handout below),
  2. to make sure it meets the needs of your assignment, and
  3. to see if it provides supporting evidence for the arguments/ideas in your paper. 

Evaluation techniques: