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HIST 1200-103: Writing History: Spies and Spying (FWS Spring 2017): Evaluating
Sources

This is a guide for Benedetta Carnaghi's First -Year Writing Seminar, A Life Under Cover -- Spies in History, Fiction and Cinema

Use wise judgement

What is the difference between a scholarly and a non-scholarly periodical?

Quick Quiz
Scholarly journals are only published quarterly.: 0 votes (0%)
The library only subscribes to scholarly publications.: 1 votes (20%)
Scholarly journals have boring covers.: 0 votes (0%)
Scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.: 2 votes (40%)
There is no real difference.: 2 votes (40%)
Total Votes: 5

Evaluate your sources

Evaluating the sources you find is a crucial step in the process of scholarly research. The questions you ask about books, periodical articles, or multimedia sources are similar whether you're looking at a citation to the item or have the item in hand.

How to Critically Analyze Information Sources.
A guide to the critical questions you should ask when you consider the appropriateness of a particular book, article, media resource, or Web site for your research.

Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria.
Shows how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience, and appearance.

Evaluating Web Resources
Lists ways to analyze the Web sites you find.

How to Identify Scholarly Journal Articles

Evaluating the sources you find is a crucial step in the process of scholarly research. The questions you ask about books, periodical articles, or multimedia sources are similar whether you're looking at a citation to the item or have the item in hand.

Watch this video to learn how to identify scholarly journal articles.

Reading Citations

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