Critically evaluating information resources is an essential skill for students undertaking academic research. This guide provides some starting points for evaluating resources.

The techniques apply to both internet resources and more traditional formats such as journals, newspapers, magazines and books.

It is necessary that you cite correctly any information sources that you use. Our guide on Avoiding Plagiarism provides more information on how to do this.

View our video on Evaluating information sources:

1. How did you find the information?

Where you found the information will help you determine its usefulness.

  • surfing the web, e.g. Google?
  • using UQ Library Search?
  • using one of the databases on the Library’s Databases gateway?
  • using a gateway to academic websites?