Some criteria for evaluating research articles are listed below. Although the criteria are geared toward experimental sciences, the same general qualities can be found in Arts and Humanities research resources as well:
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Whether you find it online, in print, or in some other form, critical evaluation of information sources is an essential part of the research process. First, be sure you know what type of information your instructor considers appropriate for your assignment. For instance, many instructors require the use of peer-reviewed, scholarly or scientific journal articles.
When evaluating the credibility of information there are several key areas to consider:
Scholarly information is based in scholarship and research, and is produced by the scholars or experts in a particular field. Much scholarly material that is published in books and academic journals goes through the peer-review process in which a manuscript is reviewed by independent researchers (referees or peer-reviewers) to evaluate the contribution for authority and accuracy.
How do articles get peer reviewed? What role does peer review play in scholarly research and publication? This video will explain.
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