Quality research is not determined by format. Print and digital sources must be evaluated. Think of booklets, brochures, and other materials you encountered.
So, What is quality research?
- It is research that has been reviewed by other experts to determine its quality of theory, methods, structure are sound.
- It shows where facts and information come from.
How do I know if something is reliable? Use the C.R.A.P Test here to help you decide!
o How recent is the information?
o How recently has it been updated?
o Is it current enough for your topic?
o What kind of information is included in the resource?
o Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is it balanced?
o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
o Who is the creator or author? What are the credentials?
o Who is the publisher or sponsor? Are they reputable?
o What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
o Are there advertisements?
Purpose/Point of View:o Is the information academic, popular, journalistic?
o Is it fair, or biased?
o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
Why should you care about the quality of your research?
There are at least three reasons to use quality research:
1. It builds credibility as a researcher and contributer to a debate.
2. It introduces others to good methodology.
3. It encourages good research practices.
This video provides a short explanation of Scholarly/Peer Reviewed sources:
Courtesy of North Carolina State University
Remember: consult General Tips for Finding Resources in Different Languages on the Modern Languages guide home page.