Scholarly vs. Popular Sources
For the most part, professors will require you to use scholarly articles for college-level research. These are quite different from the articles you might read in newspapers, magazines, and online.
Evaluating Sources... are they CRAAP?
How can you tell if information you find is trustworthy? Sometimes information can be unreliable, especially when dealing with onlline sources. If you're not sure about a source, just ask yourself, is it CRAAP?
The CRAAP Test is a list of questions that can help you more effectively evaluate information:
Currency - the timeliness of the information.
Relevance - the usefulness of the information to your needs.
Authority - the source of the information.
Accuracy - the reliability and truthfulness of the information.
Purpose - the reason the information exists in this format.
The CRAAP test was developed by staff at Meriam Library, California State University, Chico