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History: Evaluating Sources

Is it a peer-reviewed journal?

Popular or Scholarly?

Features of Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Written by scholars with the highest degree in their field
  • Written for other scholars in the field
  • Long (10-20 pages)
  • Have an extensive list of references (a good place to find additional articles)
  • Reviewed by other scholars in the field and approved for publication (peer-review)

Evaluating Web Content

How do you know whether a web site is reliable?  What questions should you ask?  Here is an excellent, detailed guide from UC Berkeley Libraries.

Evaluating Scholarly Resources