What kind of article is it?
|Evaluating Article Type|
|Audience||Academics, Specialists in a particular field||general public, people without a degree in the subject|
|Language||Specific to field, jargon||Everyday language|
|Author||Author’s credentials listed, institution affiliation listed||No credentials or affiliations|
|Look and feel||Structured format, statistics, tables, illustrations that support text||No specific format, illustrations color and glossy, commercial in nature|
|Research||Based on author’s original work/research||Reporting on other’s research|
|Length and Coverage||Long articles with in depth analysis||Short articles with broad overview|
|Editors||Often “peer reviewed” by experts in the field||Reviewed in a general sense, not by experts in the field|
Which is better?
It all depends on your assignment (or what you’re looking for). If you need to get an overview of a topic or issue, a popular article may serve this purpose. If you require in-depth analysis, case study, or research, then a scholarly article may better meet this need.
How is this useful to me?
|Useful||How relevant is this source to your topic?
Does this source offer new information or answers to your questions?
|Timely||Is this source older or newer?
Does your topic require the latest information and/or historical information?
|Appropriate||Is this a scholarly source or a source geared toward a general audience?
What level of research do you need?
|Authoritative||Are author credentials given?
Is the work fair or biased?
Are research methodologies or procedures (if any) discussed?
What about Web sites?
There is a lot of good information to be found online. That said, there is much to consider when using a web source.
Consider the following: