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Evaluate your sources
Consider these guidelines when reviewing your sources ...
- Authority: Who is the author? What is their point of view?
- Purpose: Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
- Publication and Format: Where was it published? In what medium?
- Relevance: How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
- Date of Publication: When was it written? Has it been updated?
- Documentation: Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?
What does peer-reviewed mean?
Peer-reviewed journal literature is considered the highest form of scholarship.
- Are submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed or scholarly journal
- Have gone through a rigorous evaluation by a board of scholarly reviewers in the subject area of the journal.
- Are reviewed for quality of research and adherence to editorial standards of the journal, before they are accepted for publication.
Video: Peer Review in 3 Minutes
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