When you read an academic article or find information on a website, there are some features to look for that will help you decide if it's a suitable academic source. If you are unsure if the item is scholarly, use the worksheet below to help you evaluate your source. Be sure to select an option in each section.
Choose the additional two tabs to learn more on how to evaluate different types of resources.
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Academic articles have specific features that are not used in non-academic articles. Select the button in the image of an academic article (Arena & Chiaroni, 2014) below to learn about the features.
If you would like to learn more about these features, watch the video, 'Evaluating academic articles' (Library - Research and Learning, 2016).
One way to evaluate if a website is suitable for reliable information is to look at the web domain. Read the infographic below to learn about the different types of web domains.