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EESC24 Advanced Readings in Environmental Science

Welcome to the research guide for EESC24. This guide will help you become familiar with different types scholarly information resources for environmental science research.

Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources

Criteria for deciding which articles best support the ideas and arguments in your paper:

Scope                    

  • What is the purpose of the resource and what does it contain?
  • Is it comprehensive and does it explore the subject in depth?
  • What does it exclude? Are any limitations discussed?

Authority            

  • Is the author an expert in this field?
  • What is the author's relationship to the information contained in the source?
  • Has this author been cited by others?

Objectivity        

  • Does the information provided inform, explain, persuade?
  • Is the author's point of view impartial and objective?
  • Are counter-arguments acknowledged?
  • Does it contain facts, opinions, or biases?

Accuracy            

  • Are the results accurate, and are they supported by the data and methodology presented?
  • Does this support or contradict other articles?
  • Are references to other works given?

Currency           

  • Is the content of the work up-to-date?
  • Is timeliness important?

Adapted from Hanover College Library