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Types of resources

There is a wide range of resources available to support your studies. Through the library, access many types of resources including books, articles and videos. Have a look at the pages of this guide for tips on searching for these.

The internet provides access to  a massive amount of information but how do you know if it is credible? Try using the evaluation tool below.

Limit your Resources

When searching in the library, use the limiters on the left of the search results to make your results more targeted:

Use the date limiter to make sure that the resources are recent. 

 

Use the source types to limit your search. If you are only after Academic articles, tick the Academic Journals box. Other types available include Trade publications, conference materials and reports - Click on the Show more to see all source types in the result list.

Evaluating Resources

When using resources it is important to know the source of the information. To evaluate, use a tool like the CRAAP test.

When was the information published or posted?

Consider:

  • How current is the information?

  • Do you need current information, older sources or both?

  • When was the resource last updated?

  • If there are references and links, how current are they


Does it relate to my topic and needs?

Consider:

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • Does it help me answer a question or solve a problem?

  • Will it lead to other information?

  • Does it provide evidence for or support my ideas?

  • What does it add to my work?


Who is the source of the information?

Consider:

  • Who is the author, publisher, source or sponsor of the information?

  • Are the authors' and/or publishers' affiliations clear?

  • What is their reason for publishing the material?

  • For websites, does the domain of the URL tell you anything about the author or source (.gov, .edu, .com, .org)


Is the information true and accurate?

Consider:

  • Where does the information come from?

  • Is the information supported by evidence?

  • Can that evidence be verified if necessary?

  • Are there spelling, grammar or other errors?

  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?


Why does the information exist?

Consider:

  • What is the purpose of the information?

  • Is the information factual or opinion?

  • Is the information biased?

  • Is the information to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?

  • Is the website sponsored or influenced by advertising revenue?