Why evaluate sources? Remember:
The following four criteria can help you to evaluate your sources:
Authority--Who is the author? What is his expertise? Who is the publisher?
Accuracy--Is it well-researched? Is there a bibliography or references so you can locate the original source of the information? Do the facts jive with other sources?
Objectivity--Is there bias? Is the information promoting a specific point of view or is it objective?
Currency--Is the information up-to-date? Is it too dated to be useful?
Thinking about any type of publication, including websites, in this way will help ensure that you have located the best information available.
How do you know if an article you've found in a database is from a scholarly journal? Consult this table:
Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals and magazines, we can usually divide these publications into three categories:
One very important difference between scholarly journals and other types of publications is peer review.