Critical analysis

Learning and teaching resources on the topic of critically evaluating information.

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Evidence pyramid
When searching for information on a particular health question, the evidence pyramid will help with determining which pieces of evidence are the best quality. The evidence pyramid can be downloaded within an explanatory handout or as an image. It can accessed online via Xerte by following the Preview link.
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Evaluating the evidence: critically reading your sources
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form students, focuses on approaches to critically reading information to determine the credibility and validity of arguments. This tutorial is part of the Evaluating the Evidence Suite created to support schools offering the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.
Tutorial
Evaluating the evidence: assessing the quality of your sources
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form students, focuses on techniques for assessing the quality of sources of information. This tutorial is part of the Evaluating the Evidence Suite created to support schools offering the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.
Tutorial
Quality control: information to use and avoid
This second episode of the Student Survival Guide to Writing a Good Essay podcast series includes advice from lecturers and librarians on how to determine whether sources of information are suitable for academic work. To download a copy of the podcast, right-click on the Preview link and select Save target/link as..
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Activity: how to read research critically
Self contained activity testing understanding of critical appraisal of research.
Activity
How to read research critically: an introduction
A brief self-paced tutorial that introduces the concept of critically evaluating research.
Tutorial
Evaluating information tutorial
Not all information is good quality and so how do you decide whether or not to include it? This tutorial will introduce key criteria for evaluating the quality of information.
Tutorial
Strictly web fed cartoon
A cartoon image showing a school pupil talking to his teacher in a classroom. The teacher is holding some textbooks. A caption reads “No textbooks. I’m strictly Web-fed". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Wikipedia cartoon
Cartoon strip in which a student is amending Wikipedia to match his coursework submission. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Web page evaluation checklist
Evaluate the information presented on a web page using this web page evaluation checklist.
Activity
Evaluating information flowchart
A flowchart that leads step by step through a process of evaluating information from websites.
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Evaluating online information
Features useful tips and advice on using the web critically and selectively when preparing academic work. Duration: 5 min 53 sec.
Video
This page is still under construction
A cartoon image showing a man reading a library book, the book is open in his hands. The text on the page of the book reads “This page is still under construction”. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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