Evaluating Sources: Basic Criteria
  • When was the information published or last updated?
  •  How relevant is the information to your research question or topic?
  • Who is the author and what qualifications do they have?
  • Who is the publisher and what is their reputation?
  • Has the information been reviewed?
  • Does the information include citations or other supporting evidence?
  • Are you able to find more than one source for the information?
  • Why was this information created or publsihed?
More information available at: https://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf 
Subject Specialist
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Alla Powers
Librarian (Humanities, Social Sciences, Special Collections
Tel: 541-885-1774

Evaluating Sources for Credibility
Peer Review in Three Minutes
Types of Articles in Scholarly Journals
Library Research Resources
Not sure where to start your research?  Try the library's list of Subject Guides http://library.oit.edu/sp/subjects/index.php and Electronic Resources http://www.oit.edu/libraries/find/a-z.  
Book Search
Research Study Types
Academic sources publish a variety of types of articles.  You can often learn more about the research an article is describing by reading the article Abstract or Methodology section.  

Click on the links below to find common research study types by discipline.

Study Types in Health Sciences

Study Tpes in the Social Sciences