For each resource ask these questions
- Has the author clearly defined the problem/issue and has its significance been clearly established?
- Could the problem or topic have been approached more effectively from another perspective?
- What is the author's research orientation (interpretive) and theoretical framework (developmental, feminist)?
- In a research study how sound are the basic components of the study design? How accurate and valid are the measurements? Is the analysis of the data accurate and are the conclusions valid and logical?
- Who is the intended audience of the material?
- Is there an objective basis to the reasoning or is the author merely trying to prove their already held beliefs?
- How does the author structure the argument?
- In what ways does the item contribute to your understanding of the problem? What are the strengths and limitations?
- How does the item specifically relate to the research you are about to undertake?
For assistance contact your supervisor or the Research Services Librarian