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Career & Technical Ed: Evaluating Sources

Popular vs. Scholarly Journals

Finding quality, reliable sources can be a challenge especially with the amount and kinds of information available to you. Even when accessing books and articles through the Kares Library catalog and online databases, you still need to ask yourself if the information comes from a scholarly resource.

Please look at the guide below for some helpful tips on evaluating what kind of resources you have found.

Scholarly and Popular Sources (Carnegie Vincent Library)

Popular and Scholarly Sources: The Information Cycle (John M. Pfau Library)

Evaluating a Website

When searching the Internet, you will find an overwhelmingly vast amount of information including scholarly research, news, opinions, blogs and other social networking sites.

It can be very challenging to determine if a website is a reliable source to use for your research or assignments.  You will need to ask yourself some questions to be able to distinguish good accurate information from biased, uninformed ideas.

This CRAAP test includes the criteria for evaluating information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call a reference librarian at 256-216-6669 or submit a question through Ask a Librarian. Also available by clicking Ask Us  to the right above.

Evaluating Sources (Las Positas College)

Evaluating Sources for Credibility (NC State University Library)