Depending on your topic, an initial search for sources could lead to hundreds of results that look promising. How do you navigate through all of them?
1.) Refining your search terms and your topic is one useful way to identify the most helpful results.
2.) Evaluating your search results using the questions below can also help you identify the most relevant results for your particular topic and assignment. These questions can be used not only with the Libraries' resources, but also with websites.
3.) Filtering your search results, based on your topic, assignment guidelines, and answers to some of the questions above, is a third way to identify relevant results.
The questions above provide criteria to help you get started in evaluating sources. The activity below presents other factors to consider as you learn about the distinctions between scholarly and popular sources through three short videos.
Directions: At the end of each video is a short quiz to test your knowledge. After you watch all three videos, you will receive a completion certificate. Please be sure to e-mail yourself a copy of this certificate.
Click the "Start" button below to begin.
Scholarly vs. Popular Articles