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Evaluating Resource Quality  

Use this guide to determine the academic quality of resources.
Last Updated: Jun 5, 2013 URL: http://libguides.valpo.edu/evaluatingresources Print Guide RSS Updates

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Evaluating Resource Quality research guide! 


 

Here you will find information about

  • evaluating the quality of web resources
  • identifying popular and scholarly articles
  • determining the biases of information sources 

Use the green tabs to explore the sources that will support your research.

If you need extra help, feel free to contact a librarian or the Research Help Desk using the methods listed below.

 

Evaluating Sources

 

Evaluating Web Sites

Search engines like Google find web sites of varying levels of quality created by a wide-range of authors.

These web sites were chosen by your librarian based on the following criteria. Keep this criteria in mind when deciding if a Web page is reliable and appropriate for your research.

  • credible authorship
  • objectivity
  • accuracy
  • recently updated
  • has an educational purpose

Always check with your instructor to find out if you can use freely accessible web site content for your assignments.  If looking for journal, magazine or newspaper articles, library databases are the most efficient search tool.  See the Find Articles tab for suggestions of where to start.

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