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Evaluating Sources


During your academic progress, you will be asked to use sources or evidence from the literature to validate your message and influence your credibility. There are many sources available in the University Library and on the internet. This guide will help you identify and evaluate these resources to choose the best sources for your assignment, project, or research. 

You will learn how to identify:

  • Different types of publications
  • Primary versus secondary sources
  • Peer-reviewed articles
  • Trade journal articles
  • Magazine and newspaper articles

You will also learn about evaluating:

  • Sources using evaluation criteria
  • Publication types appropriate for scholarly research
  • Website articles and content