Once you perform a search and locate a resource on your topic, you will need to determine whether it is worth including as a source for your research. This is called evaluation. When you find a resource in the NIC library, you can examine its database or catalogue record for more information about the resource. Criteria to consider as part of the evaluation process include:
These criteria are equally important to evaluating scholarly resources (i.e. peer reviewed journal articles) as they are to evaluating websites, books, and other resources. Remember: always check your assignment guidelines for instructions on which type(s) of resources should be included as a source in your academic paper.
Consider the mnemonic device IF I APPLY on the next page to help you remember the right questions to ask when evaluating a resource.