Describe how information from different sources may vary in quality, and how to differentiate good quality from poor quality.
It is important to focus on the quality of information the researcher is searching for. The reseacrcher must take into consideration the type of info, the legitimacy of it, relevance and accuracy. The two types of information we as researchers look at is qualitative (meaning quality) and quantitative (as in how much/many).
The general elements of information quality as found in Wang & Strong (1996)
All of the above terms are used to describe the type on information the researcher is searching for, like I said before, legitimacy, relevance, accuracy, accessibility and interpretability.
Different sources of information may vary from the way that different audiences may be targeted, rather than just a general group of people. It is important to see the relevance in the information you are finding. It definitely has to be useful and it also has to be at a level in which you are prepared to read it in.
Differentiating good quality from poor quality; basically, good information is accurate, it has an objective, it is timely/current and has authority. To produce good quality information you have to be able to have good skill in the data and use the information relevant to the paper. (Golofshani, 2003)
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