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ARTH 333 - Egyptian Art and Archaeology - Butz: Evaluate Sources

Savannah - Winter 2020

Evaluate Sources

Evaluate sources to ensure they're accurate, trustworthy, and appropriate for your research papers.

How Do I Evaluate A Source?

This video explains the C.R.A.A.P. Test -- 5 simple questions you can apply to any resource to evaluate its quality.

Creative Commons video via Western University Libraries

Scholarly vs. Popular Resources

Learn what makes scholarly sources different than popular, everyday sources.

Creative Commons video via Coastal Carolina University

Types of Periodicals

 

Popular

Trade/
Professional

Scholarly
(peer-reviewed)

Examples

Sports Illustrated, People, Newsweek

Advertising Age, Women's Wear Daily


Animation Journal, American Art Journal, Burlington

Publisher

commercial firm

commercial firm or association

university or academic association

Audience

general readers

persons employed in that field

academics and researchers

Style

colorful, illustrated

colorful, illustrated

plain, mostly text

Articles

short, nontechnical
with photos and graphics

short, technical
with photos and graphics

long, research style
with tables, charts, bibliographies 

Writing 

informal, journalistic

informal, journalistic

formal and/or scientific

Authors

staff writers

staff writers and people in the profession

academics and researchers

Ads

business or consumer products

specialized trade/professional products and services

books, if any