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Evaluating Information

Wherever you get your information from it is important that you evaluate the quality of the information. There are many factors that you need to consider when assessing the quality of the information, such as currency, the authority of the writer ...


Here is a link to the Information Source Evaluation Matrix (click on picture), a useful guide that takes you through the factors you need to consider to assess the quality of information you are relying on.

Finding Thesis

If you are looking for a Thesis written by a DMU student search on the DMU library catalogue or DORA.


Over 1700 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) are now available online via VADS 

The archive charts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering, covering topics from railways to manufacturing, spanning the late 1800’s to the late 1900’s.

Highlights include works of art of Liverpool & Manchester Railway to images of Napier engines: and from design drawings of locomotives by David Joy to construction photographs of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Eastern.


RSS ( Really Simple Syndication) is a way to keep up with the changing content of the web sites you are interested in. When you subscribe to the RSS feed of a web site, you are alerted to new content on that web site. 


Setting up an ALERT

This can be a relatively easy way of keeping up to date with the latest articles or journal titles related to your subject area.This is possible to set up on databases such as Zetoc and IEEE Xplore. Check to see if this service is available or if the database offers the facility to set up an RSS feed.