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Evaluating All Sources

Consider these criteria to assess your sources:


Author:  Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?

Publication Type:  Where was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.

Accuracy:  Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources?

Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?


Evaluating Web Sites

Follow these guidelines to evaluate web sites:


Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Quesitons to Ask (from the UC Berkeley Library) 

Evaluating Web Sites (from Clark College)

Distinguishing Propaganda and Misinformation (from the Johns Hopkins University Libraries)

Citation Fundamentals

Watch these tutorials to learn about using and citing your sources:

Citation Resources

 Use these tools to help you cite your sources:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
    To access the Handbook, visit Shields Library 2nd floor, Humanities and Social Sciences Reference LB2369 .G53 2009 Lib Use Only
  • OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab
    This comprehensive site includes instructions on several citation styles: MLA, APA and Chicago.
  • KnightCite
    This site is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Michigan. Generate citations for print and online sources in MLA, APA or Chicago styles.
  • Zotero
    Manage and cite your sources with this free tool that you download into your Firefox web browser.
  • Endnote
    Endnote is a tool for managing and generating citations. It is licensed by the campus for the UC Davis community. See EndNote @ UC Davis for links to videos and other resources.

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