LING 1101.101 : Biological Foundations of Language (Fall 2016): Evaluate


Ask these questions to identify content that is authoritative, scholarly, credible.

Evaluating Books

What are the author's credentials?
     Does the author hold an academic position at a university or are they cited by academic researchers?

Does the book include note references or a bibliography? 
     Scholarly books will include an extensive list of sources, either at the end of chapters, at the end of the book, or in footnotes. Scholars build on the work of other scholars and document their sources.

Other critieria: A university press published the book. In general, these are books published by scholars, for scholars.
     There are many other, reputable presses. Look for the author's credentials and whether they have documented their sources.

Search tip!

     Look for the referee icon to identify peer-reviewed journals.

Evaluating Articles

Who published the article?  Is it published within a journal, a magazine for the general public,  or was it an article intended to drive business to a website (example)?

Is the journal peer-reviewed?
There's lots of discussion about the pros and cons of peer-review these days, but selecting from peer-reviewed articles is one way for you, as a student, to identify scholarly publications.

What are the author's credentials?
Is the author an academic based at a university or is she cited by other scholars?

Does the article include footnote references or a bibliography?

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