Evaluating Quality

Issue Strategies
Is the information well-organized?

(i.e. logical structure, main points clearly presented, main ideas unified by overarching idea, text flowing well (not choppy or stilted), argument not repetitive )

  • Look at the section headings to indicate structure
  • Look for agreement among reviews
Has the author used good grammar and kept the text free of spelling or typographical errors? Read carefully for errors
Are graphics – images, tables, charts, diagrams – appropriate and clearly presented?

(i.e. clearly labeled, with descriptive title(s), understandable without explanatory text )

Consider other ways to present the information
Is the information complete and accurate?

(i.e. facts and results agree with your own knowledge of the subject and with those of other specialists in the field, documents sources, describes methodology, addresses theories and facts that may negate the main thesis, and avoids questionable assumptions )

  • Verify facts and statistics with a reliable source
  • Examine cited sources for authority and objectivity

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