Information Sources and Evaluation

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Combining and comparing information from different sources is an essential part of research. Similarly, identifying scientific knowledge and scientific information sources is very important, and it is often one of the first steps in learning information retrieval skills. Before you start writing a thesis or other paper, it is important to understand what scientific publication and scientific knowledge are like in the first place. As an information seeker, you must also know where to search for scientific information. 

The Information Sources and Evaluation section of this guide outlines how scientific knowledge is usually structured, and it provides guidance on identifying different publication channels and types of publications in research. You will also learn about what kind of scientific information sources you should use in the first place and how you can assess the scientific nature of the sources and publications you find. 

In this part, you will find six sections. You can move to them directly from the links below: