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Liberal Arts Capstone

How to Read a Journal Article

Learn more about how to read scholarly articles

(Courtesy of UC Irvine Libraries).

Finding Credible Resources

Finding credible resources for research can be challenging.  

Use this as a guide to help you with finding good, quality information.


Try Using the CRAAP Method in Evaluating Sources

C = Currency:  The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information published?
  • Has it changed, every been updated?
  • Is it necessary for your topic to have current information?

R = Relevance:  The importance of the information for your needs.

  • Does the information directly relate to your topic?
  • Does it help you answer questions?
  • Have you looked at any other sources to find the best option?

A = Authority: The source of the information.

  • Who is the author or publisher?
  • Are they qualified to write about the topic?
  • If it's a website, what does the URL say about the source (i.e. .gov, .org, .com, .edu, etc.)?

A = Accuracy:  The reliability and correctness of the information.

  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Can you verify the information with another source?
  • Is the author or publisher biased or unbiased?

P = Purpose:  The reason the information exists.

  • What is the purpose of the information?  To entertain, persuade, sell, teach, or inform?
  • Is the information fact or opinion?












Anatomy of an Article

This interactive tutorial introduces the parts of a scholarly article, and how to use an abstract to quickly determine relevance.

(Courtesy of NC State Univ Libraries)

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