Now that you've found information, you will need to evaluate that information for academic quality and determine if it will address your research needs.
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ASPECT is a memory device to help you remember the criteria by which you evaluate information for appropriate academic quality. Apply the following criteria to your information to see if it should be used.
Authority: Who is responsible for the information? What is their expertise?
Sources: Do they cite their sources? What sources do they cite?
Purpose: To inform? Persuade? Entertain? Sell?
Evenness: Objectivity, lack of bias, showing both (all) sides of an issue?
Coverage: Is the issue covered thoroughly? What is left out?
Timeliness: How current is the information? (A 5-10 year guideline can be used if the subject matter or professor does not dictate otherwise.)