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.
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.
- 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.