How do you decide which information to use in your research paper?
The CRAAP Test, created by a librarian at California State University, Chico, offers some helpful criteria for evaluating your sources:
What is a peer-reviewed article?
Articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a group of the writer's peers (academics in his/her field) before the articles are published. Many databases, e.g., ProQuest, give you the option to narrow your search by scholarly, peer-reviewed publications.
What does a peer-reviewed article look like?
Is The Economist a peer-reviewed journal?
It is important to note that there are many magazines that are not peer-reviewed but are considered reputable sources of information, for example, The Economist. You must use your discretion when using a non peer-reviewed source in your research and, when in doubt, ask a librarian or your professor.
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