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Research Help: Research Tips

Manage Information

Manage Information :

1.  Keep a record of all information you access

2.  Note the reference details of the resource at the top of your page as soon as you start taking notes

3.  Re-read your notes and categorise the information into the key topic areas of your assignment

4.  Copy and paste web addresses into a saved Word Document along with noting other referencing details

5.  Create a social bookmarking account to save great websites you find e.g. Diigo or Pinterest

Information types

Primary - original content, current when created information has not yet been re-interpreted by another e.g. raw data, diary entry

Secondary - interpretation of primary resource e.g. an historical interpretation book

Tertiary - contains information from primary and secondary resources e.g. encyclopedia

Scholarly - information written by experts in the field of study, supported by research and references.

Peer-reviewed - article published in a journal that has been reviewed by subject specialists who approve the content.

Non-scholarly - information is not so much research based as reporting on current events and trends e.g. newspapers, blogs, magazines

Helpful resources :

Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Sources in the Health Sciences (2016) : UTEP: The University of Texas at El Paso : YouTube

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources (2009) : James Cook University   

Choose your information source : RMIT University

Evaluate Information

The CRAAP test can help you remember steps to use when evaluating information:

C urrency - When was the information published?

R elevance - Does information help answer your question?

A uthority - Who wrote the information? What are their qualifications?

A ccuracy - Is the information reliable, truthful, and correct?

P urpose - Why has the information been written?

Reference: Meriam Library, 2012, Evaluating Information, Meriam Library, viewed 18th December 2014, http://libguides.csuchico.edu/content.php?pid=326243&sid=2669613

Helpful resources :

Evaluate : RMIT University Library

Evaluating information : Deakin Univesity Library