As you begin sorting through search results, having a sound method to evaluate sources can save time and improve the quality of research.
Mike Caulfield's S.I.F.T. Method is a simple, easy-to-remember four step process that can help verify the reputability of resources.
The following resources are useful for learning more about what makes a source "scholarly" or not.
Peer review is a rigorous process that determines if a submitted manuscript will be published in a journal or rejected. Experts and specialists in the field review submitted work, make suggestions or edits, and return the work to the author for revision. This cycle may repeat several times before the manuscript is accepted by the editors. The review process helps to ensure the validity of studies, determines the significance or originality of submitted work, and raises the overall quality of research.
To learn more about the peer review process, explore the links below (links open in new tabs):
Primary sources are often first-hand accounts, original documents, full texts of laws, photographs, original research, interviews, or datasets, while secondary sources can be interpretations, analyses, or summaries of primary sources. Tertiary sources, on the other hand, help to compile, index, or organize other sources, with examples including encyclopedias, directories, manuals, or abstracts.
To learn more about types of sources, explore the links below (links open in new tabs):