ENGE 1215 / 1216 Research Resources: Evaluating

Information Evaluation Criteria

As you decide which resources to include in your research, here are some things to think about:

Authority: Who wrote it? What sort of expertise do they have in this area?

Coverage: Is it relevant to your topic?  

Objectivity: Is there any bias? If so, how much?

Accuracy: Is the information correct? Is it in alignment with other research findings or articles?  

Currency: When was your resource produced? Does this matter for your topic?  

What IS a Scholarly Article?

For your assignments in this, and other, classes, you'll hear a lot about using "scholarly articles."  But what are they, and how do they fit into your thought process as you decide which articles, books, or other resources to use in your research? Watch the video below to get a better explanation. Thanks to our friends at Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University for producing such fantastic videos!

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