For example, in some cases, newspaper articles or blog posts are what you will need, and, in other cases, you might need a research article from a journal or a chapter from a book. Different sources are produced in different ways and serve different purposes.
Learning about different types of sources is the first step to help you make better decisions about information.
The library's databases provide access to all kinds of different sources, many of which are not available for free online, including articles from magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and scholarly journals; company profiles; images and films; books and book chapters, etc. Not all sources are equal, and you will need to evaluate everything you find for your specific needs. It's not enough that it came from a database.
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Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Process to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible and appropriate choices for your particular research purpose. The process of evaluating a source includes examining the source itself and examining other sources by:
The questions below will help you think critically during the source evaluation process:
1Based on Caulfield, Mike. "Four Moves and a Habit." Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, 2017.
P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation by Ellen Carey (6/18/18) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.