Selecting relevant information

How to select relevant information, at university and college level?
Student selecting relevant information

There are several methods for selecting relevant information, here are some tips:

Establish your research objectives: Before you start looking for information, it is important to clearly define your research objectives. This will help you to identify the types of information you need to search for and to eliminate information that is not relevant.

Use relevant keywords: Use relevant keywords to search the different online search platforms. This will help you filter the results to show only relevant information.

Use reliable sources: Use reliable sources, such as scientific journals, newspaper articles and government (democratic) publications to ensure that the information you select is reliable and valid.

Assess the relevance and quality of the information: When you find information, assess its relevance and quality.

Check that the information is up to date, that the sources are reliable and that the information is presented in an objective manner.

Use sorting tools: Use sorting tools to sort information according to relevance, use bookmarks to save the most relevant information.

Be critical: Use your critical judgement to assess the information and determine whether or not it is relevant to your needs.

Write down important information: Make notes of the most important information you find so you can refer to it later.

Be flexible: Be prepared to change your research objectives if you cannot find the information.

Never select complete sentences: it is estimated that a maximum of 40% words contain 100% of relevant information

Always remember that what you are being asked to remember is information, not words 😉

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