In the know: Evaluate sources when doing research

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 15, 2008

You wouldn't get accounting advice from a shoe salesman or a zookeeper. Sure, they may have some helpful suggestions for you, but when your neck is on the chopping block with the IRS, you'll wish you had consulted an accountant, right? The same principle applies to medical and scientific information. You need to know where the information is coming from to decide just how valid it is.

Ask yourself these things when finding information:

  • Who is writing it? Government agencies and educational institutions will have the most sound information. If an individual has created the work, what is this person's background in the industry and what are his or her credentials?
  • What are the references? A sound article will have a list of quality resources and references used when developing the piece.
  • What is the motivation? Sometimes an article that checks out on all other fronts has a problem with motive. Why are they writing this article? Is it political? Is it for fundraising purposes? Is it to solicit business? Make sure the motivation is in line with the information.

Source: Stressed Out About Nursing School, Second Edition, HCPro, Inc., 2006. Be sure to pick up your copy today!


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