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Evaluating Sources

Tools and strategies for finding sources, evaluating them, and then citing them properly.

Peer-Reviewed & Scholarly Articles

Core Compoenents of a Scholarly Article

All research articles have the following features: 

  • A focus. Researchers say, “this is what I’m interested in.”  

  • A rationale. Researchers say, “this is why this work ought to be done.” 

  • A scholarly context. Researchers say, “this is what others have done on my topic so far” 

  • A method. Researchers say, “This is how I’m going to study what I’m interested in”  

  • A set of findings. Researchers say, “This is what I discovered after I did my research, and here’s what I have to say about it” 

  • A set of implications. Researchers say, “Here is what my research means for all us going forward”

Video: How to Read a Scholarly Article

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