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Conducting Research: Evaluating Sources

Publication Formats

Distinguishing Popular from Scholarly Periodicals

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Research in all of the disciplines - whether in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or sciences - will require the ability to distinguish between primary and secondary sources of information and material

Peer Review Periodicals

SIFT Source Evaluation Method

S - STOP. Is this a new and unfamiliar source?

I - INVESTIGATE THE SOURCE. What can you find out about it elsewhere?


F - FIND TRUSTED COVERAGE. Is a known, reliable source covering this topic?


T - TRACE BACK TO THE ORIGINAL SOURCE. Can you find the origin of this information?


(Adapted from Mike Caufield's Check, Please! Starter Course)

Checking for CRAAP [U. of Mary Washington]

Evaluating Web Resources