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EN 201- English Studies: You've found stuff.... Now what?

Evaluation

Now that you've found things, what to do? How do you know if they're any good? This page will go over the difference between popular and scholarly sources, as well as how to evaluate sources for academic use.  

Evaluating Sources

These handouts give you guidance on how to evaluate both scholarly and popular sources. When researching, it is critical to always put your sources to the test. These are just a few questions you can ask yourself:

  • Do  my sources answer my research question?
  • Are they written by someone with expertise?
  • Where and when were they published?
  • Do they contain references to other articles or studies?

While this may look like many steps, evaluating sources can go very quickly, once you understand what you are looking for in a source. 

You can also view this handout as a flow-chart (same information, but in a fun flow-chart form):

Have a question?

You are welcome to contact us individually at: 


Luke Beatty
- Library Director
luke.beatty@ic.edu

217.245.3573



Elora Agsten - Research Services Librarian
elora.agsten@ic.edu
217.245.3117

 

Jared Calaway - Information Literacy Instructor and Student Research Support Specialist
jared.calaway@ic.edu
217.245.3207

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