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ACP - Adult Upgrading / Qualifying Studies

Evaluate!

Take the time and evaluate resources before you use them for your assignments.

Don't believe everything you read. Ask some critical questions about every website:

Currency

  • Does it indicate when the page was written or last updated?
  • Are there dead links?
  • Is the information current enough for your topic?

Relevance

  • Does the information directly relate to your topic?
  • Is the level and depth of the information appropriate?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Did you compare a variety of sources to determine which one works best?

Accuracy

  • Is the information supported by evidence or sources that can be verified?
  • Is there a bibliography / references list?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Is the information free of spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and typos?

Authority

  • Does it indicate who wrote the information?
  • Is an author or institution responsible for the page?
  • Are the author’s credentials given?
  • Is there evidence that the author is an expert on the subject?

Purpose

  • Does the content seem biased? (one-sided or extreme)
  • Is it written to inform? (not to sell, entertain or persuade)
  • Are there ads on the site?