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Finding Research Resources

This guide will aid in finding a variety of information types including reference, scholarly articles, images and other media.

Instruct: Evaluating Information & Bias

Evaluating Information & Bias

This module covers the basics of evaluating resources for authority, accuracy, and other criteria.

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Library Resources

evaluate & decide

Most college-level assignments expect you to take a critical view of all your sources, not just those you may have found online. It is always important to consider whether the authors of what you are reading are properly qualified and present convincing arguments. Because your time for careful reading is limited, try to skim through your sources first to decide whether they are truly helpful. Once you have chosen your best sources, read the most relevant ones first, leaving the more tangential material aside to use as background information.

Learning to identify scholarly (often known as "peer-reviewed") and non-scholarly sources of information is an important skill to cultivate. Many databases provide help with making this distinction.

Additionally, Ulrich's Directory of Publications is a database that can be searched to check to check the publication type (scholarly, refereed, magazine, etc).

If you are using the internet for research, it is especially important to evaluate the accuracy and authority of the information you find there.