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Research Paper Tips

Evaluating Sources

When doing research for projects and papers, it is important to find sources that are reliable and appropriate for your assignment. This is true for all of your sources, including books, articles, and particularly Web sites.

When selecting sources for your projects and papers, ask yourself the following questions to see whether they are reliable and appropriate.

In choosing articles to include in your research papers and projects, it is important to be able to distinguish between scholarly or academic journal articles and articles from popular magazines. The tutorial above from Vanderbilt University's Peabody Library to learn about scholarly vs. popular articles.