Evaluating your sources is a critical part of the research process. It's important to make sure the sources you use are reliable and credible.
Peer-Review, Scholarly, and Popular
Peer-Review (Refereed): The process an article may go through prior to being published. Peer-review involves multiple experts in a particular field reading an article, making comments and suggestions, and sending back to the author for revision. Not all articles are peer-reviewed.
Scholarly: An article whose intended audience is experts in their field and is written by experts. While most scholarly publications are peer-reviewed, they are not always. However, if an article is peer-reviewed, it is typically scholarly.
Popular: Articles that are published without going through the peer-review process. They are typically written for the general public. Examples of resources that offer popular articles include The New York Times, Time, and People. Popular articles may be edited, but this is not the same as peer-review.
Evaluating Information: The CRAAP Method
Finding information isn't hard. Finding good information is a different story. How can you tell the good from the bad? Evaluate using the CRAAP Method.
Remember, by including a resource in your research, you are telling your professor you think this is good, valid information. Be sure to use the CRAAP test on everything you come across.
When was this information created? Is it too old to still be good? If on the internet, do links still work?
Consider how time has impacted the following resources:
Does this information answer your research questions? Have you looked at multiple sources? Is it written at an appropriate level?
Consider how relevant the following resources may or may not be for college level research:
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This page was created by Magen Nosworthy (Fall 2018 ENGL 489)