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Political Science 255: Introduction to Comparative Politics (Prof. Gottlick): Evaluating Sources

Evaluate What You Find

Scholarly & Popular Articles

Do you know how to tell the difference between a scholarly article and a popular (i.e., non-scholarly) article? Check out the Scholarly Journal, Trade Magazine, & Popular Magazine guide for tips.


It is important to do some critical evaluation to decide whether the sources you find, particularly online sources of information, are appropriate and usable for your University research assignment. When you are evaluating a website, the methods linked from Evaluating Internet Resources provide useful guidance in determining the source, scope, currency, accuracy and bias of a site.