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Evaluating Information

Evaluating an academic article

Academic articles have specific features that are not used in non-academic articles.
Select the Cross icon for hotspot. Text alternative for hotspots follows: Evaluating an academic article. Article by Arena, M., & Chiaroni, D. (2014) Roadmapping for sustainability: evidence from an Italian-based multinational firm. International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management, 9(2),  Hotspot for publication: Where was the article published? When was it published? The article was published in a scholarly journal within the last few years (International Journal of Business Science and Applied Managment in 2014). Academic articles found in the databases or online will provide the name of the journal where the article is published (along with other identifying information such as the volume, issue, date etc.)   Hotspot for abstract: Does the article have an abstract? An abstract will give you a good idea about an article's contents - without having to read it in its entirety.  If the abstract sounds relevant to your research, you can then invest the time in reading the article in full. Hotspot for authors: Who wrote the article? It is important when using academic content to make sure that the people who wrote it are experts within their field. Authors of scholarly articles are typically academics or researchers. button in the image of an academic article (Arena & Chiaroni, 2014) 
below to learn about the features. Select the Expand button to view in full screen mode. 

If you would like to learn more about these features, watch the video, 'Evaluating academic articles' (Library - Research and Learning, 2016).


Arena, M., & Chiaroni, D. (2014) Roadmapping for sustainability: evidence from an Italian-based multinational firm, International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management, 9(2), 1-15.
Creative Commons icon for attribution non-commerical-share-alike.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 
Evaluating Information

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.

Is this a Scholarly Journal Article?

Who is the Author?

Where was it published?

Does the article have an abstract or summary?

How long is the article?

Does the article include citations?

Does the article include references?

Your score is: /150


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.