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Evaluate Your Sources
Whenever you conduct research for any course the information you find should be evaluated for:
- Currency (is the information up to date?)
- Relevancy (is the information relevant to your topic/subject/assignment?)
- Authority (is the author identified and have the proper credentials to make such claims?)
- Bias (does the author/organization/publication have a stake in providing only one side of an argument?)
The information in this LibGuide has been evaluated for these criteria and are more scholarly than what you might find in a simple Google search. However, you should always evaluate the information you use in any assignment.
Scholarly articles are:
in-depth | written by experts | validated with technical language, abstracts, literature reviews, methodologies, tables, graphs, and conclusions | reviewed by experts | given a bibliography
What is Original Research?
Original research is considered a primary source.
An article is considered original research if...
- it is the report of a study written by the researchers who actually did the study.
- the researchers describe their hypothesis or research question and the purpose of the study.
- the researchers detail their research methods.
- the results of the research are reported.
- the researchers interpret their results and discuss possible implications.
Other terms used in original research: evidence based practice, case study, quantitative/qualitative study, research-based, findings, performance-based, empirical evidence
Finding Scholarly Articles on the Web
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