Find and evaluate information

Study and research go hand in hand. To get the most out of your course and increase your knowledge it is important to know how to find reliable and accurate information.

When using only the internet for research, it is important for you to understand that anyone can publish anything on the internet. Just because it’s online, doesn’t make it accurate.

Books and academic journal articles go through a rigorous publication process. They are edited, fact checked and peer reviewed, making them reliable and accurate. This is not the case for all websites – your ability to evaluate information is essential!

Connect with your Library and learn more about research skills. These are lifelong skills and will help you in all aspects of your life.

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Things to do

Improve your Google searches

Everyone thinks they know how to use Google successfully, but are you really getting the best search results? Is a Google search that gives you 17,000,000 results really useful?

By applying some easy to use techniques you can narrow down the number of hits, while raising the quality of your search results.

Watch this video for some quick tips on improving your Google searches.

Evaluate the information you find

Not all information is good information!

It is essential to know how to assess the quality of the information you find. A good way of doing this is to apply the C.R.A.P. test.

Watch this video to find out how the C.R.A.P. test can help you assess the quality of information you find.

Connect with your TAFE Library

Your TAFE Library is here to help you succeed with your studies. The Library is more than just a building full of books, it also provides you with:

  • online resources including eBooks, eVideos  and eJournals that can be accessed 24/7 from any device connected to the internet
  • online subject guides for a wide range of subject specific resources for your course
  • one-on-one research skills sessions and assignment help with highly experienced librarians
  • computers and internet to help you get your work done
  • help to connect your device to TAFE’s on-campus WiFi
  • spaces to meet and work with other students
  • an Ask Us service for answers to commonly asked questions.

Visit your local campus Library and find out what else it can offer you!