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Aging Studies: Evaluating Sources

Includes Databases, Government Sources, Organizations, Statistics, Videos/DVDs for Aging

Evaluating Sources - Univ. of California, Berkeley

Searching and Evaluating Sources, including websites

  Evaluating Sources
University of California, Berkeley Library

Peer-review Journal vs. Scholarly Journal

A peer-reviewed or refereed journal is one in which manuscripts submitted by authors are reviewed by experts on the topic before being accepted for publication in the journal.   

 Articles in some scholarly and professional journals are not peer-reviewed, but are selected by an editor or board.  So all peer-reviewed journals are scholarly; but not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.

Peer-reviewed journals can be identified in sources such as our  Journal Locator.

Questions you should ask of every source you find

Currency

  • What is the publication/creation date?
  • Does this time period meet your information need?
  • When was the last update?
  • Are all the links up-to-date ( for web resources)?

Relevance

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level for your needs (not too elementary or advanced)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining if this is the one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?

Authority

  • Who is the author?  What are her/his credentials?
  • Has the author been cited in other sources?
  • Who is publishing this information (individual, non-profit organization, commercial entity)?

Accuracy

  • Do other sources contain the same information?
  • Is evidence given to support the information?
  • Are other sources cited?
  • Is the site edited, or does it contain typographical errors (for web resources)?

 

Point of View (Bias)

  • Does the source present the information from a particular bias or single viewpoint?
  • Does the source contain assumptions not backed by research?
  • Does the sponsoring organization or site have a stake in how information is presented?
  • Does the information contain advertising?

Evaluating social media sources

Evaluate a Movie or Video

How to Evaluate a Movie, Video or Film Clip
A good web page by Naomi Lederer, Colorado State University Library.
Naomi.Lederer@colostate.edu

A Comparison Chart - Types of Periodical Articles