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EVALUATION

Evaluate whether a particular source is a good fit for your research by considering:

  • Content  How does this source relate to your research topic?  Is it a college-level source?
  • Credibility?  What do you know about the author's credentials?  Who is the publisher?  Is it from a university press or a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Timeliness   When was this source published?  How importance is currency for your research project?

Evaluate your overall use of sources by considering the information and evidence they provide.  Try categorizing them:

  • Background source  sources that provide context
  • Exhibit sources sources that illustrate the issue, e.g. primary sources
  • Argument sources  are written by expert witnesses, use to argue or complicate your argument.  Credentials important here
  • Method sources  identify the framework or theoretical approach (e.g. World Systems Theory, Feminist, Marxism) you are using to analyze your research questions
     

    CHECKLIST

    Scholarly Monograph

    • Date of coverage:   before 1648
    • Call number range:  at least one from D
    • Topic:  specialized, not global. Look for a subtitle
    • Author(s), NOT editors:  look for author info
    • Publisher:  University Press or another scholarly organization
    • Date of publication: Preferably last 30 years

    Scholarly journal article

    • Date of coverage:   before 1648
    • Peer reviewed journal
    • Look for author credentials
    • Look for the abstract
    • Look for their reference list
    • Date of publication: Preferably last 20 years

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