Evaluating and assessing the search results is a vital part of the searching process. When you consider your search results, you maybe have to modify your search statements to make new searches. After conducting a search, the usefulness and relevance of the search results have to be assessed before applying the retrieved information.
When evaluating the results, make the following questions:
- Scholarly versus Non-Scholarly resources (Sydney University)
Evaluating Web Sites
When using web sites in research, evaluating and source criticism are important since there is no centralized control over what can be published in the Internet. The quality and reliability of internet resources vary greatly.
- Evaluating Information (Cardiff University)
There are many things that can influence the success in your search. The main factors for a successful search are the right search terms for your subject, a good combination of these terms into a search phrase, and in the end also the selection of the database. An ideal search returns only relevant results, but in most cases there are also some items not related to the topic. In the worst case you get a long list of irrelevant items or even none at all.
Search technique helps you to revise and redefine your search terms, the search statement, or the database so you do not have to skim the whole list of irrelevant results, but you will get better search result with a modified search statement. The following list gives some hints for your consideration.
If you get too few results
If you get too many results
If you get no results