Do your search: Relevance

When you are working you will want to spend less time on the finding and more time on the using of information. By selecting the appropriate search tools at the start you can usually pinpoint the most relevant information for your needs.

Information in an article or website is relevant if it is useful for your work. You can judge if a reference is relevant by checking:

  • the number of times your keywords appear in the abstract or article
  • the language used in the article – this can indicate the intended audience for the article, for example, is it aimed at members of the public, students or academic researchers?
  • whether the information is comprehensive
  • whether the reference complements or contradicts your own knowledge or information you may have found elsewhere.

If the information you have found does not meet your needs, you will need to refine your search.

Activity

Visit each website below. Each website contains information on cloning.

Consider:

  • Who is the intended audience?
  • How much information is provided?
  • Is the language natural or emotive?

Take notes and evaluate each website for how useful it would be for an essay on the types of cloning.

Cloning fact sheet –http://www.genome.gov/25020028

How cloning works – http://www.howstuffworks.com/cloning.htm

BMA opens door on human reproductive cloning From the British Medical Journal http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1116832/

Books on cloning – http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840463805/

 


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