Evaluation criteria

The criteria for selecting an appropriate electronic research tool are similar to those for evaluating print sources:

  • comprehensiveness
  • accuracy
  • currency
  • quality of content
  • ease of use
  • cost.

However, this task is more complex in the electronic research world because of the large range of research functions the major sources offer; the complexity of their pricing; and the differing results depending on the search engine, the content, the interface, and the expertise of the user.