It is imperitive that health science students evaluate sources for audience, currency and authority, but now, it is also important to evaluate even scholarly literature for credibilty of the journal, quality of the research, and other considerations.
The National Library of Medicine has a tutorial to help you learn to evaluate health information on the Web.
University of Illionois has an excellent introductory research guide for evidence-based medicine. The tab for levels of evidence and appraisal are especially useful for evaluating the quality of scholarly literature.
With the increase in open access scholarly publishing, publisher-created, and pay-to-publish journals, it is becoming more and more important also to examine the journal in which an article is published. The Scholarly Open Access blog researches and updates information on how to identify ways questionable literature may be published.
You must properly credit any words, ideas or images that you do not create yourself to avoid plagiarism.
Citing information sources acknowledges the origin of information you use and provides support and credibility to your work by showing evidence of your research.
A citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image. Citations typically include enough identifying information, such as the author, title, date, publication format, etc. for a reader to locate the original source.
Learning to do library and web-based information research is an important part of information competency. These abilities are increasingly important in our networked, information-rich society and can be applied in college work, as well as in one’s personal and professional life. The library offers several Library Research Skills workshops that can help students meet the information competency learning outcomes required by their courses and as part of the CCSF Information Competency graduation requirement.