Using credible (believable) sources:
To back up your research, it is important to use credible sources as references. With easy access to Google and the Internet, it is usually not difficult to find information on a topic. However, it is important to carefully choose your sources to make sure you get the best and most useful information.
Typically, a credible source will include the following characteristics:
In general, scholarly journal articles and books are considered the most credible sources of information, and will add weight to your argument or research.
When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Purpose: the reason the information exists
Scholarly Journals are sometimes also called peer-reviewed journals, or refereed journals.
Indentifying scholarly articles involves analysis of the article's content.
There is not always a clear-cut division between types of published articles, but the table to the right outlines some differences between a scholarly and a popular journals.
Need help deciding if an article is scholarly or popular? Use this table of characteristics to help you decide.