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Evaluating Information


Regardless of where you are getting your information, you need to be aware of a few simple attributes about whatever information you are using.

When evaluating information, here are five helpful considerations:

Currency: timeliness of the information.

Relevance: importance of the information for your need.

Authority: source of the information.

Accuracy: reliability, truthfulness, correctness.

Purpose: reason that the information exists.

Evaluating Information, part 2

Avoiding Plagiarism

INTE 120 : Word Choice for the Cyber threat paper.

Fall 2020 : Cybercrime, cyberattack, cyberterrorism.  Word choice matters in undefined or ill-defined matters.  How words are spelled matters.  (Cyber crime vs. cybercrime).

Across the relevant research databases for the cyber threat space there is not yet a firm consensus on precisely what term or word to be using to define a particular activity. 

Whenever possible, use the term / terms / phrase that the research database has elected to use (that's what the database editors, various artificial algorithms, and human indexers do to make research more organized and less choatic through the controlled vocabulary that typically appear in the thesaurus of terms).  Do this not because you like it or agree with it; but rather for the ability to consistently provide you with relevant results and facilitate your research and learn about the verbiage and "terms of art" in a discipline.

Below are some various examples of the large differences in results depending upon which term you elect to use.

Finding Articles

Library Search ( nearly everything )

Library Search:      

Table of Contents & Citations in Microsoft Word

APA Citation Style

MLA Citation Style

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

MLA handbook, Eighth edition, The Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
Contains guidelines for doing research, giving citations, and preparing bibliographies.
Location: Reserve - Permanent LB2369 .G53 2016 ( at Reserves behind circulation desk ) 

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