Accuracy

We think this means that the facts can be supported by evidence or corroborated (which means verified by another source). You can determine whether information is accurate by establishing how it was compiled

You could use the following checklist:

  • does it present research findings and is the research methodology explained?
  • where there are calculations, are they free from errors?
  • has the information been edited and checked for spelling or grammatical errors?
  • is it logically structured? Or does it look like it's been put together in haste?
  • does it cite the work of others to support or refute their arguments? If so, are the references sufficiently detailed to allow follow-up?

Poor quality information will gloss over these things or will not provide sufficient links for you to investigate further.

These are some of the main general points to consider when assessing information. The other pages in this section go into the issues in more depth.

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