Scholarly Journal Articles – credible sources that have been written by an expert/academic in a field relevant to your project and reviewed by other experts in the same field
Websites – just because you found something on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s a website (eBooks are available online, but they are not considered websites)
Peer-review – the process or experts in a field evaluating work in the same field
Primary sources – first-hand accounts (examples include speeches, letters, photographs, autobiographies
What kind of information do you need? If you are writing for a class assignment, you may be required to use peer-reviewed ("refereed") or scholarly sources. In any case, you should always look for sources that are authoritative. For more detailed help with evaluating your sources, see our Evaluating Information Guide.
Scholarly Checklist--Look for:
Authoritative--A source can have authority even if it isn't scholarly.
Other Criteria-- these are not definitive, but worthy of consideration: