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VETN 1075: Introduction to Veterinary Technology (UCBA)

Resources for the VETN 1075: Introduction to Veterinary Technology career assignment.

Evaluating the Information

How do you decide information is trustworthy?  There is not a one size fits all when it comes to credibility so here are some initial questions to ask...

  • Keeping in mind any source requirements, what is the best type of source for the assignment? 
  • What do you need to know about this source to determine if it is credible?
  • Does the information relate to your topic and/or answer some aspect of your research question?
  • Is the information up-to-date, current, or does it never go out-of-date?

Reminder: Always review the assignment/project for any source requirements

Ask These Critical Questions

AUTHORITY
  • What do you know about the creator(s) of the information? 
  • What is their background, education, training, and/or experience?
  • What makes them an authority?  Subject expertise (e.g., researcher)? Societal position (e.g., public office position or title)? Special experience (e.g., participation in historical event)?
CREATION PROCESS
  • How and for whom was the information produced?
  • Why did the creator(s) select this format for publishing their work?
POINT OF VIEW
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Is the information appealing to emotions and/or biases?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, geographic, or personal biases?
PURPOSE
  • Is the information presented as facts or opinions?
  • Why was the information created? Inform, explain or teach? Report research findings? Persuade or present opinions? Entertain? Sell something?
SOURCE TYPE
  • What type of source (e.g., news article, book, scholarly article, website) is it?
  • Is it scholarly, popular, commercial, government, or private?
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