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St. Clair County Community College Library

BUS 150 & BUS 155 - Prof. Golian

Resources curated to supplement business courses taught by Paul Golian.

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Evaluating sources

Carefully evaluate all information, whether from a book, article, or website, by asking the following questions:

  • Who?  Who is the author of this source?
    • Are they qualified to write/speak on the subject?
    • Do you detect any bias on the author’s part in relation to the subject?
  • What? What is the source?
    • Does it have a title?
    • Is it a primary source, such as an original document or creative work or is it a secondary source, such as a report or analysis of primary sources?
    • Is it authoritative or trustworthy?
  • How?
    • How was the source produced?
    • Who is the publisher or sponsoring organization?
  • Where did you find the source?
    • Was it through a library’s databases or through an internet search engine that may list results in a biased or weighted manner?
  • When was the source published? 
    • Has it been replaced or updated?

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., The Modern Language Association, 2016, pp. 11-12.

 

 

Why use the library databases?

 

 

What is the difference between a magazine and a peer reviewed journal?  

 

Magazines are written for the general public.  They often have a lot of advertisements in them. 

Journals, on the other hand, are targeted to students or professionals working in a particular field.  The usually have very few ads in them.  The articles usually include bibliographies at at the end and the author's or authors' credentials (where they went to college and where they work) are given. 


Sometimes a journal is peer-reviewed which means that all of the articles have been read and approved for publication by experts in the field.

 

Peer-reviewed articles are excellent sources of information for scholarly papers!  

 

 

Recognizing Online Propaganda, Bias, and Advertising