Using credible information will improve the quality of your assessment and may result in better marks, but how can you tell whether the resources you've found are credible and suitable for your research? Have you been asked to use peer reviewed or refereed articles?
The information below will help you evaluate the information you find, in books, journal articles, or online to make sure it’s reliable.
Use the CRAP test to evaluate any resources you want to use in your assessments.
History of educational theories - older resources may be appropriate
Social media in education - older resources may not be appropriate
A satirical news website (e.g. Betoota Advocate)
A not for profit media group sourcing content from academics and researchers (e.g. The Conversation)
An article written by a self-appointed expert that appears on a blog
A peer reviewed article written by a team of university academics
A webpage on diabetes from a pharmacy company that produces drugs to treat diabetes. They may have a vested interest.
Diabetes information from a government website such as Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW). They have no vested interest.
The Sage Research Methods Online database (SRMO) is a good source of full text electronic Books, chapters, and articles on a range of research methodologies. It includes a wide range of items in relation to literature review processes, and importantly how to read critically.
Goodwyn, A., & Stables, A. W. (2004). Learning to Read Critically: Learning to read critically in language and literacy. SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781849209410
Quinton, S., & Smallbone, T. (2006). How to read critically. In Sage Study Skills: Postgraduate research in business (pp. 81-96). SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781849209564.n6
Articles published in peer reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. This process is intended to ensure that the article is:
To find peer reviewed articles:
However, as these options are just an indication of peer review status the definitive way to find out if your article has been peer reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory.