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During your research process, you will collect a lot of information from books, articles, and websites. Sometimes it may be difficult to determine whether a source is appropriate for your research needs. This UNC-CH Library website on Evaluating Information is designed to help you answer that question. Each section (boois, articles, websties) covers the ABCs of critical assessment:
- Audience. For whom is this source intended?
- Accuracy. Is the information in this source correct?
- Bias. Does the information in the source support a particular agenda?
- Credibility. Is the author an expert in this field?
- Currency. Is the information up to date?
Scholarly Journals Vs. Popular Magazines
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Review the slides above to learn how to:
- Distinguish between a popular and scholarly source
- Identify common characteristics of popular and scholarly articles
- Understand the concept of the "peer review" editorial process