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North Carolina State Libraries video:
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Cardiff University videos:
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Evaluating is all about determining and assessing the quality of the information you find.
Most students get their print resources from the Library, and their online and audio-visual resources from both the Library (*paid resources) and the world wide web (free resources). In the Library it's our responsibility to ensure that all of the resources and materials we provide are high quality, meaning that they are credible, accurate, up-to-date and relevant and there are no issues of authenticity or bias. But how can you make sure that the free information you find online is of a similar high quality?
Here are our top tips:
Check out this short, self-paced tutorial from the Library Service at Cardiff University about choosing and evaluating quality sources.
* By 'paid resources' we mean online resources for which the Library pays a subscription; most of the resources on our A-Z Databases site fall into this category.
Google: In this 3-minute video, from the Library at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, Sue asks Why Can't I Just Google?
Wikipedia: This 6-minute video called Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface, by librarians at North Carolina State University, gives a really good overview of how Wikipedia works.
Google Scholar: This 6-minute video called How to use Google Scholar to find Journal Articles, is produced by a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter; it shows you how to effectively make best use of Google Scholar.