Criteria to always keep in mind when evaluating information. These criteria can be applied to both online and print resources.
Who wrote it? What are their credentials or affiliations?
Who is it written for? What kind of language is used?
What is the purpose? To inform? Sell? Sway your opinion?
Is the information presented objectively?
When was it published or written?
How relevant is it to your topic?
Is the information either too specific or too general for your purposes?
Concept maps are tools that help you brainstorm ideas, focus your topic, and identify possible keywords to create search strategies. Use a concept map to:
Freedom of the press
Human rights violations