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Information Literacy: An essential skill to enhance your research & assignments

Tip 3: Not Just Filter: Evaluate Ideas to Form New Ideas

Everybody knows the importance of evaluating information. The practices of evaluation itself ensure you work with the most suitable piece of information for the best output.

But do you know how to stay away from unreliable information?

Let's watch the clip below.

Other than unreliable information, you should also beware of using (or even producing) biased information! A sub-field of psychology studies different kinds of biases people commit when they use information. There are at least 12 kinds of biases that people commonly commit! So next time when you evaluate an idea or a piece of info, see if the author has committed any of the following biases:


Remember, to support your view, claims, and ideas put forward in your research, you must properly quote other's work. Unsupported claims are irresponsible, unscientific, and lead to serious consequence in offending academic dishonesty!

To learn more about academic citation, check our Citation Guide here.

To learn more about copyright issues, check our Guideline for Using Copyright Materials in Learning and Teaching here.

To learn more about managing your references, check our Reference Manager Guide here.

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Want to know more about information literacy in specific subject domains?

Enrol in "InfoLit for U" MOOC with PolyU NetID now!

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Step 2 - Link your Account

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