Regardless of where you are getting your information, you need to be aware of a few simple attributes about whatever information you are using.
When evaluating information, here are five helpful considerations:
Currency: timeliness of the information.
Relevance: importance of the information for your need.
Authority: source of the information.
Accuracy: reliability, truthfulness, correctness.
Purpose: reason that the information exists.
The terms Academic, Scholarly or Peer Reviewed are frequently used interchangably. In nearly all cases they mean the same thing. They are used to indicated a scholarly (adheres to a common 4-6 part format to report research findings) article that has been peer reviewed (by others with knowledge of research in the field) that appears in an academic or research publication (few or no advertisements).
Characteristics of a Scholarly Resource:
Getting a basic overview on a particular topic is a great first step in learning about the major issues, trends, sub-disciplines, standard works or ongoing research efforts in the field.
Pre-prints are the latest "pre-published" research findings in many science related fields. Many pre-prints eventually find there way into the formal scholarly journal literature several months to a year (or two) later after they have been further refined and editorially polished.
Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago)
Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2010. 16th ed.
Useful to students who need to know recommended forms for presenting bibliographies, footnotes, tables, and figures.
Accessibility: Reserve -- Z 253 .U69 2010 ( 4 Hour Circulation )
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