Analyzing Primary Sources
Evaluating the sources you find is a crucial step in the process of library research. The questions you ask about books, periodical articles, web pages, or multimedia sources are similar whether you are looking at a citation to the item or have the item in hand.
- Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria
Shows how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience, and appearance.
- Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Lists some of the critical questions you should ask when you consider the appropriateness of a particular book, article, media resource, or Web site for your research.
- Evaluating News Sources
Learn how to spot fake news and recognize legitimate news online.