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Library Induction 2021

Hello to new and returning students

Researching for your assignments

We offer workshops and tutorials through Microsoft Teams to get you started just email library@itsligo.ie 

Eolas  search box

Explore our libguides

We have a rage of online guides about our services and resources. Along with subject guides for each programme designed to help you find a package of relevant subject resources and information. 

Referencing help

Managing your references is an important skill. We have the perfect tools to help you succeed and avoid plagarism. 

We offer appointments and workshops - please email library@itsligo.ie

Evaluating information

Evaluation criteria 

Key traits to consider                  

      Ask yourself 

Presentation: 

Effective style and format 

 

 Language  

 Layout  

 Structure 

 

Where was it published?  

 In what medium? 

 Is the message clearly communicated? 

Relevance:

Information to meet your needs 

 

 Intended audience 

 Geography  

 Emphasis 

 How is it relevant to your research?

 What is its scope? 

Objectivity: 

Reasoned and balanced coverage 

 

 Biased  

 Vested interest  

 Agenda 

 Why was the source created? 

 Is there a political or cultural bias? 

 

Method: 

Verifiable research methods 

 

 Data collection  

 Appropriate methods 

 

 Did they cite their sources?  

 Who did they cite? 

Provenance: 

Source of the Information 

 

 Credentials 

 Trustworthy 

 References 

 Who is the author or organisation?  

 What is their point of view? 

 

Timeliness: 

 

 Currency  

 Historical perspective 

 When was it written?  

 Has it been updated? 

 

These pointers on how to best evaluate information are based on the Open University PROMPT framework

Presentation, Relevance, Objectivity, Method, Provenance and Timeliness