Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

COVID-19 Research Guide

A compilation of resources to find, evaluate, and keep abreast of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Need for Evaluation

You probably already know that not everything you read on the internet is true, but how do you know what sources of information are credible, especially when it comes to COVID-19?

It's even more challenging to decide what is accurate and what isn't because of the rate at which information related to COVID is being released. That makes it even more important for us to be vigilant and careful with how we evaluate and use data. For any article that you read, take a moment to think about where the information, facts, and data is coming from.

Source Evaluation with RADAR

Found a source, but not quite sure if it fits your assignment? You can use the RADAR (Rationale, Authority, Date, Appearance, Relevance) framework to evaluate it.

*Remember that every source has its use, so investigate each source you encounter in both the context of its creation and its potential use in your work.*

Rationale

  1. Why did the author or publisher make this information available? 
  2. What tone is used?
  3. What is the source's bias? How does it impact the presentation of information?

Authority

  1. What are the author's credentials?
  2. What is the author's affiliation?
  3. What can you find out about the publisher? 

Date

  1. When was the information published or last updated?
  2. Have newer articles been published on your topic?
  3. Are links or references to other sources up-to-date?

Appearance

  1. Do the citations and references support the author's claim? Are the references correctly cited?
  2. What do other people have to say on the topic? Is there general agreement among subject experts?
  3. Was the item published by a peer-reviewed journal, academic press, or other reliable publisher?

Relevance

  1. Does the information answer your research question and fit your assignment?
  2. Is the information too technical or too simplified for you to use?
  3. Who is the intended audience?

Sources: