Often we seek information that confirms our own thoughts and feelings towards a topic. This is not research. Research and learning comes from finding sources that speak to the truth of a topic, no matter how much it hurts, or does not fit with your current ideas and beliefs. Only by keeping personal biases in check can you begin to vet information for credibility. The steps outlined below will help you find sources that are credible and reliable in your research process.
We also hope this workshop will introduce you to the idea of information needs. We're going to look at a variety of sources. By the end of today's lesson, you should have a framework to be able to evaluate information and be able to describe who might find different types of information useful and what they might use it for.
In this workshop, you'll practice using the APPLY method to evaluate sources. Keep reading for more information on what APPLY means.
Does the author have education, experience, and expertise in the field?
Purpose/Point of view
Does the author have an agenda beyond education or information?
Who is the publisher? What is their end goal?
List of sources (bibliography)
Is the evidence reliable, sensible, and accessible?
Year of publication
Does the date of publication affect the information?