The evaluative process requires critical thinking and the consideration of multiple perspectives.
By evaluating you can:
- Develop an understanding of the multiple perspectives within your discipline. Your research may well cut across one or more disciplines.
Adopt a systematic approach to collecting information. Use an appropriate selection criteria.
- Distinguish between different information resources (e.g. peer-reviewed, professional, trade or popular journals).
- Assess the quality, accuracy, relevance, bias, authority and credibility of the articles/material that you find.
Read critically, identifying key points and arguments.
Relate what you have found to your original search strategy and adapt the search strategy as appropriate.
Critically appraise and evaluate your own findings and those of others.