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Determining Credibility

One thing to look for when trying to determine if a resource is credible is the authority of the person/people who created that resource. Look not only to see how much authority you would ascribe to the information creator, but also to determine the context and derivation of that authority.


Authority: Questions to Consider

Why is your teacher an authority? Once an authority, always an authority? How did the authorities become authorities?


Evaluating Web Content

This guide offers tips for evaluating the quality of content on the Web. The Web is a rich environment of Web pages, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, free research services, media types and more. It can be a challenge to figure out which content to trust. This guide will help you to identify the type of site you are visiting and to evaluate its content.


Working with Scholarly Articles tutorial

At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Describe the scholarly article as a piece of an ongoing scholarly conversation in which a variety of perspectives may be represented and meaning must be negotiated.
  • Recognize the common building blocks of a scholarly article in order to become an effective and efficient reader of the scholarly conversation.
  • Distinguish between scholarly articles and non-scholarly contributions to the scholarly conversation in a search for information.


Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory tutorial

This tutorial explains how to use the Ulrich's database to determine the type of periodical your article is in as well as how to find other useful details about the periodical. This is very useful for assignments which require you to find peer-reviewed articles.


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