After you have located an information resource, you need to evaluate whether it is a credible and scholarly source, suitable for use in your assessment. For MHP214 Assessment 2, you need to support the findings of your report with a minimum of 7 scholarly resources.
To refresh your memory on evaluating the quality of articles and other resources, watch the videos below and take the quiz to test your knowledge.
Peer-review is a key indicator of credibility and reliability for academic journals, as they have been through a formal approval process by editors and subject specialists. The process aims to ensure that articles published in the journal are accurate, well-researched and contribute to the body of knowledge in that field.
The best place to confirm the peer-reviewed status of a journal is Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. While most databases do offer a peer-review limiter, you cannot always rely on the the information about peer-reviewed status to be current or accurate.
You can access Ulrichsweb from the Library's list of U-databases.
To check if an article comes from a peer reviewed journal:
Note that only the scholarly articles in a peer-reviewed journal will have been peer-reviewed. Other documents such as book reviews and opinion pieces will not have been peer-reviewed, and would not be considered "academic quality".
You can use the CRAP test (short for Currency, Reliability, Accuracy and Purpose) to evaluate most types of information resource, including journal articles, books and websites. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether or not your resource meets the criteria for currency, reliability, authority and purpose:
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