Using less credible sources to support design claims can lead to a less credible design. Before using any source, evaluate it for credibility. One method of evaluation is the CRAAP test:
The timeliness of the information
The importance of the information for your needs
The source of the information
The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information
The reason the information exists
Use the worksheet below to help evaluate sources.
When doing research, people use a variety of sources. Popular articles are a good starting point and place to get background information. Scholarly or research articles are considered credible sources of information and can help support claims through research.
|Scholarly articles...||Popular articles...|
|are written by researchers, university faculty and scholars||are written by free-lance or salaried reporters and writers|
|use the technical language of a specific research area||use language the general public would understand|
|usually have a reference list and may be peer-reviewed*||rarely have a reference list|
*Peer-review articles are assessed for quality by researchers in the field before they are published. These articles are considered to have a high level of credibility.
Use the directory below to help determine if a journal or periodical is peer-reviewed:
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