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You can improve the quality of your assessment and boost your marks by using credible information. But how can you tell if the resources you've found are credible and suitable for your assessment?
Information comes in all shapes, sizes and quality, and from many different sources. One of the best skills you can gain is the ability to evaluate information quality. You want to make sure the information you use in your assessments comes from reliable sources that are fit for purpose.
The CRAP (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose) test can help you quickly and easily evaluate any piece of information.
History of educational theories - older resources may be appropriate.
Social media in education - older resources may not be appropriate.
A satirical news website (e.g. Betoota Advocate).
A not for profit media group sourcing content from academics and researchers (e.g. The Conversation).
An article written by a self-appointed expert that appears on a blog.
A peer reviewed article written by a team of university academics.
A webpage on diabetes from a pharmacy company that produces drugs to treat diabetes. They may have a vested interest.
Diabetes information from a government website such as Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW). They have no vested interest.
Peer review is a process that aims to ensure the integrity and quality of published research. Articles published in peer reviewed journals are reviewed by other subject experts to check they are:
You can check if a journal is peer reviewed by using the Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Remember to search for the journal name, not the article title.
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