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A Social Sciences Guide to Research

Evaluating Resources

Not sure if a source is valid? This video explains how you can tell -- by using the CRAAP test. (2:10)

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When evaluating sources consider:

1. Suitability- Is there relevant information?

2. Objectivity- Can you detect the bias?

3. Accuracy and Credibility- Corroborate with other sources and check references.

4. Currency- What is the date of publication?

5. Authority- Who is the author and publisher?

The National Library of Jamaica (2010). Evaluating Primary and Secondary Sources: An Online TutorialAvailable from: https://www.nlj.gov.jm/rai/CSEC/Evaluating%20Primary%20and%20Secondary%20Sources.pdf.

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Watch the video to learn about the differences between scholarly and popular sources! (2:06)

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infographic displaying some differences between scholarly and popular sources

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