In the know: Evaluating sources for research

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, November 23, 2009

In nursing school, you will be expected to perform your share of research for papers and projects. Evaluating which sources are good to use is an important step. You wouldn't get accounting advice from a shoe salesman or a zookeeper. Sure, they may provide helpful suggestions, but when your neck is on the chopping block with the IRS, you'll wish you had consulted an accountant. The same principle applies to medical and scientific information. You need to know where the information is coming from to determine its validity. This concept is at the heart of evaluating your sources.

Things to ask yourself when considering evaluating information for accuracy:

  • Who wrote this information?
  • What are the references in the source?
  • What is the motivation for the piece of research?

For more tips, check out HCPro's book Stressed Out About Nursing School.

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