Just because your resources came from the Libraries' collections and databases doesn’t mean you shouldn’t approach every source critically. This chart contains a variety of questions that you should ask yourself when evaluating books, periodicals, and web sites for use in your writing.
With print resources, there are often visual indicators that can help readers determine the nature of a publication. In an online world of full-text, sometimes these indicators are stripped away and it can be more difficult to determine the focus, audience, and purpose of a work. The images below demonstrate some of the differences in presentation of the same topics in scholarly and popular periodicals.
Here are a few options for helping your students to examine their sources:
In most databases in this research guide, articles are available in two formats-- HTML and PDF. The illustration below highlights some of the differences among the two formats.