...source evaluation and critically analyzing scholarly articles is likely a regular occurrence. As an advanced researcher, you should be routinely checking your personal biases prior to conducting literature reviews and using your critical thinking skills to explore the authority of a source by checking credentials, affiliations, and expertise of the lead author. One way to do this is via lateral reading, a technique discussed on the previous tab used to investigate the author and publisher, and/or information manipulation, de-contextualization, and potential controversies.
To review how to systematically evaluate a source, remember the source steps of IF I APPLY:
How to evaluate a source will vary as you advance in your discipline, and the focus of your evaluation may shift slightly depending on your needs and goals.
For example, evaluating historical research includes reviewing authenticity and provenance of primary sources. If you are evaluating an original study such as an experiment, you will need to evaluate the methodology.
Regardless of discipline, you will need to carefully consider evidence:
Going further into source evaluation:
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