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A guide for IDEG 210: Discovery Writing

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources is essential. In using information, we must carefully evaluate not only if it is accurate, authoritative and current, but also appropriate for our needs. We must also be aware of and consider the bias that is present in every source. 

To help accomplish this, you can use the CRAAP Test. This quick test asks you to find out information about your source, and asks straightforward questions for you to consider.

Here are some sample sources for us to consider.

Brainstorming

To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below. 

What? 

  • What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic? 

Who? 

  • Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?

How? 

  • How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics? 

Why? 

  • Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others? 

For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.

Finding Articles

Here are a few recommended databases for finding scholarly sources for your assignment.

  • Academic Search Premier
    An excellent basic collection for undergraduate research needs. Find journals and books in social sciences, humanities, science, medicine, technology and more.
  • Gale Literary Sources
    Gale Literary Sources brings together premier literary databases (Literature Resource Center, Literature Criticism Online, MLA International Bibliography) in a new digital environment that allows researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways.
  • JSTOR
    Digitized back issues of scholarly journals with a rolling date of five years ago. Covers a wide variety of disciplines. Includes JSTOR Arts and Sciences I, II, III, IV, VII.
  • Project MUSE - Standard Collection 
    Journals in literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

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