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Health and Nutrition Course Guide-Marie Glossen: Evaluating Information

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Even two seemingly good articles or websites on a particular topic should be compared with each other.

It is important to find the best, most accurate and current information available.

Look at the following two articles on weight loss. Be sure to click on either the html or PDF Full Text link to get to the full article.

Using the Criteria for Credible Information compare them.

Even with all of their similarities, which of the two weight loss articles would be the better, more accurate, and more current choice for your research?

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Tips for Evaluating Information

Accurate, current, and appropriate information are valuable commodities.  Be a discriminate consumer of information!  If you are not confident that the information you have retrieved is the best information for your purpose, ask a librarian for assistance.

When evaluating information ask yourself…….


        Who is the author?

        Is he/she an expert?

        Who is the publisher?  Are they reputable?


        Is this fact or opinion?

        Is the information biased in any way?

        Is there any advertising in the resource?

        Who is the intended audience?


        Is the information true? 

        Where did they get the information?

        Is the information cited in a works cited or reference list?


        Is the information dated?

        Is the information current enough for your research?

        Has the information been updated?

Something To Consider..

When writing a research paper, when would you consider including an article you found on the Internet?

Take a look at the questions below and ask yourself,

Sometimes? Always? Or, Never?

  1. An article written by a single author with a Ph.D. in that subject?
  2. An article published as part of the proceedings of a professional organization on the organization's website?
  3. An article available from a university website?
  4. An article from a magazine that reports the results of medical research?
  5. An article available from a free website with no author listed?
  6. An article written by an individual with no known subject-related credentials or expertise?