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Why Evaluate? Authority/Timeliness Documentation/Purpose Review Process/Suitability

Review Process


  • If the source is a periodical article, was it peer reviewed (refereed) or reviewed by an editorial board?
  • If the source is a book, what is the reputation of the publisher?
  • If it is from the Web, was there any review process at all?
  • Was it critically reviewed after it was written?
How can I find out?
  • To find out whether a journal is peer reviewed or refereed, look at the journal's Web page or check UlrichsWeb.
  • Information may be published by an association, a university press, a commercial publisher, or a government. If you know something about the publisher, you can often identify bias and point of view.
  • The following reference sources will help you evaluate publishers:
  • Many Web sites are not reviewed before being posted; however, government, educational, and organizational sites have some sort of review process. If no review process is stated or evident on a site, you may assume there is none.
  • Read a critical review of books, movies, or music.



  • Does the source contain the information you need?

  • Is it written at a level you can understand?

How can I find out?

  • Read the source. If it contains too much technical or specialized language or is written for experts in the field, you may wish to choose another source.

  • Determine whether the information presented is too general or too specific for your purposes.

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