My Information Skills

Self-paced tutorials on research and study skills for TAFE SA students

How reliable is my information?

Information is available in many formats such as books, journals, magazines and on websites. However the information can be inaccurate, biased or out of date.

When searching for information for your assignment you need to evaluate what you find and make informed decisions about whether you should use it.

It is important to ask:

  • Who has written the information? Do they have authority?
  • What have they written? Is it objective or biased?
  • Why have they written it? Do they have a hidden agenda?
  • When was it written? Is it current?
  • How is it written? Is the language easy to understand, grammatically correct?

Let's look at some techniques to help you to evaluate both printed resources and websites.