Marymount California University Library

SOC 175: Modern Social Problems (Fracking)

How to Read a Journal

Learn more about how to read scholarly articles

(Courtesy of UC Irvine Libraries).

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)

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?












Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License