Choose the Best Info: Apply Relevance
This short Library video will help you evaluate your information sources for relevance.
This short Library video will help you evaluate your information sources for relevance. What is Relevance? Relevance is a measurement of how well the information meets your needs. There is so much information available, it's easy to get distracted and sidetracked when you are looking for the best info. By evaluating for relevance, you are making sure that your sources are on-topic and appropriate for your assignment. How can you tell if the information is relevant? Check your source for relevance by reviewing your assignment and topic and think about whether or not it meets those needs. Use these questions to help.
- What type of information are you required to use? Review your assignment to see if you are required to use a specific type of source.
- Does it need to be scholarly or popular?
- Does it need to be a specific format? For example: Book, Article, Government Report, or Website.
- Does it need to be a primary or secondary source?
- How does it relate to your topic?
- Is the source useful to what you are researching?
- Does it support or refute an argument that you are looking at?
- Does it provide examples such as survey results, research findings or case studies that you can use?
- Is the source focused more broadly than your topic?
- Or does it cover a specific question within your topic?
- Who was the information written for?
- Make sure that the information is written at a level that meets your needs. You don't want information that is too basic or too advanced.
- Did you consider a variety of sources before picking this one? Think about why you prefer this source to others you looked at. To be appropriate for your assignment the information you use should be relevant.
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This concludes the library video on how to evaluate your information sources for relevance.