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NRS221 Research Skills Guide: Evaluate

Evaluate

As you find your resources, you'll need to determine whether they're suitable quality for your assessment. You may also be asked to use only peer reviewed, or refereed articles.

The information on this page will help you to pick up strategies to evaluate the resources you find.

Find Peer reviewed articles

Articles published in peer-reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. An editor and one or more subject specialists review the article before it is accepted for publication. This process is intended to ensure that the article is accurate, well-researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field.

Primo Search and some Journal Databases include an option to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, and some other databases include this information as part of an article record. While this is an indication that the article could be peer-reviewed, the definitive way to find out is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory. You can access this database from the Library's list of U-databases.

Peer Review

evaluating information

Evaluate information

Currency

Is it current enough for your topic?

A general rule is to use resources published in the last 5 years.

Reliability

Is the source reputable? Is it peer reviewed?

Does the creator provide references?

Do those references pass the CRAP test?

Authority

Who is the creator or author?

What are their qualifications?

Are they an expert in the field?

Purpose

Is it fact or opinion?

Is it biased or balanced?

Is the creator trying to sell you something?