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LACC, Writing for Adults LACC I & LACC II: Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

A 3min video on evaluating sources.

Peer Review in 3 minutes

Sometimes you will be asked to use scholarly (peer-reviewed) resources for your paper or project. Find out what that means from this short video.

Evaluating Resources

Evaluating Resources: The CRAAP Test is one evaluation method. It was designed by the Meriam Library California State Universiy, Chico. CRAAP is an acronym and stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. It provides you with a list of questions to help you evaluate the information that you find.

What is Peer-Reviewed Literature

Peer-Reviewed Literature

Peer-reviewed journal articles have gone through an evaluation process in which journal editors and other expert scholars critically assess the quality and scientific merit of the article and its research. Articles that pass this process are published in the peer-reviewed literature. Peer-reviewed journals may include the research of scholars who have collected their own data using an experimental study design, survey, or various other study methodologies. They also present the work of researchers who have performed novel analyses of existing data sources, such as the ones described in this section.

Peer-reviewed literature is accessible via academic databases that enable users to execute searches across multiple journals.