Evaluating Your Sources: Academic / Grey / Popular
First Step - Identify and Evaluate the Information
What is "it" - book, periodical article, reference source, newspaper, blog, wiki, "gray literature", masters thesis, correspondence, statistics, etc
Scholarly vs Popular
- How many times cited?
- Journal Ranking
Primary vs Secondary
Grey Literature: The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature (GL '99) in Washington, DC, in October 1999 defined grey literature as follows: "That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."
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Types of Grey Literature
* A good way to find grey literature is to look over the works cited list from a scholarly journal article or book. A good researcher will have cited them and they are available to you.
Second Step - Evaluate your source by the relevant critereia below. A book source will be evaluated differently than a journal article for example.
My Topic: Wastewater treatment and wetlands in Nigeria
In-class evaluation of sources for my annotated bibliography
Also - when you find a good source, use the sources in that papers works cited list for your bibliography
- See Journal Finder
Reading/Evaluating a Science Research Article
Medalie, L., Hirsch, R. M., & Archfield, S. A. (2012). Use of flow-normalization to evaluate nutrient concentration and flux changes in Lake Champlain tributaries, 1990–2009. Journal Of Great Lakes Research, 38(Supplement 1), 58-67. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.10.002