Translational biology, medicine and health (TBMH): Evaluating Information

For the Translational Biology Medicine and Health program

Basic Evaluation Criteria

As you decide which resources to include in your research, here are some things to think about:

Authority:  Who wrote it?  What sort of expertise do they have in this area?

Coverage:  Is it relevant to your topic?  

Objectivity:  Is there any bias?  If so, how much?

Accuracy:  Is the information correct?  Is it in alignment with other research findings or articles?  

Currency:  When was your resource produced?  Does this matter for your topic?  

Indicators of Reliability

So you've found a journal article that looks trustworthy--where can you find information that will help you apply the basic evaluation criteria?

Your Librarians

Erin M. Smith, Health Sciences Research Librarian at VT University Libraries, / 540-231-5663

Rita McCandless, Clinical Research Librarian, VTCSOM Library: / Office: 540-526-2570