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WRIT 2100: Delve Deeper: Research Methods in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Evaluate sources


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Scholarly or Not?

Wondering how to tell if the article you're reading is from a scholarly journal?

Take a look at:

Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria

It will show you how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience, and appearance.

Evaluate information sources critically according to selected criteria (such as scholarly authority, currency, bias, etc.) in order to select pertinent 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 source for your research.


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