Before we look at some of the criteria that you can use to evaluate your information sources, the activity below allows you to test your current judgment by giving you the opportunity to rank three different sources on their academic quality
For the purpose of this activity, the topic being researched is:
The effects of regular coffee consumption on long-term health in adults.
Researching a topic such as this would require an extensive search for any relevant literature that already exists on the subject.
The academic quality of information available online can vary significantly. Searching for information on the above research topic brings up a wide range of search results, including the three articles below:
Take a look at each of these articles, then complete the activity in the next box, where you can rank each article by its academic quality.