BIO150Y Optimal Information Foraging  

Evaluating Books and Encyclopaedias

Evaluate your results!

Evaluating information Books and encyclopaedia articles are usually easier to evaluate than Web sites since they have already passed through an editorial or peer review process.

Books go through several phases of editing before they are finally published.

An editorial board of scholars asks subject experts to write articles for an encyclopaedia. After the articles are written, these scholars ensure that the information is scientifically sound, reproducible, and contributes to that field of research. You can find a list of editors, authors and their credentials in the preface of any encyclopaedia, whether print or Web-based.

But, you should still use your judgement to determine if the information is reliable and suitable for your paper.

Some Additional Resources

  • Citing Books: How and why to cite book sources.

  • Games: Test your information foraging skills with two games.

  • Review : Site guide to Optimal Information Foraging Exercise.

  • Additional Help : Services and people to help with writing and research skills.

Now, let's look at Web sites... Next

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