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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 

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

Evaluating information

Evaluation criteria 

Key traits to consider                  

      Ask yourself 


Effective style and format 






Where was it published?  

 In what medium? 

 Is the message clearly communicated? 


Information to meet your needs 


 Intended audience 



 How is it relevant to your research?

 What is its scope? 


Reasoned and balanced coverage 



 Vested interest  


 Why was the source created? 

 Is there a political or cultural bias? 



Verifiable research methods 


 Data collection  

 Appropriate methods 


 Did they cite their sources?  

 Who did they cite? 


Source of the Information 





 Who is the author or organisation?  

 What is their point of view? 





 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