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IS 1115 TWP: A Library Guide: Evaluating information sources. How Good Is the Evidence?

Information sources establish your credibility. Use the most credible sources that are appropriate for persuading your audience.

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  Scholarly Non-Scholarly
Examples
  • Research Journals
  • Books with Academic Publishers, e.g. Oxford University Press
     
  • Magazines, Newspapers, Trade or Professional Journals, Textbooks, Most Web Sites, Encyclopedias
Main Audience
  • Scholars and Researchers

     
  • Professionals, Informed or General Public, Children
Purpose
  • Make original contributions to a field of study
     
  • Inform or entertain the general public
Origin of Information
  • Primary-the person who did the research wrote the article.
     
  • Secondary-the author summarizes the primary research done by others and generally makes it more accessible to the general public.
Authors
  • Experts in the subject matter
     
  • Journalists, staff writers
Review Process
  • Peer reviewed.  Articles are approved by other subject experts in a blind review process.
     
  • The editor or source creator selects articles.  There is no peer review process.
Format
  • Formal: Research articles will include:
    • Authors and their affiliations
    • Abstract
    • Intro / Literature Review
    • Method (how the study was conducted)
    • Results
    • Discussion 
  • Informal: 
    • Articles of general interest
    • Entertainment

 

Look at this article by clicking on the title below.  Answer the question in the next box.

Cover of Journal of Applied Psychology (medium) Rind, B., & Strohmetz, D. (2001). Effect of beliefs about future weather conditions on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31(10), 2160-2164. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb00168.x
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Image result for dissent journal McKeon, L. (2016). I'll take care of you tonightDissent, 63(4), 12-17.
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Guide to tipping at restaurants. (n.d.). Retrieved from TableAgent website:
     https://tableagent.com/article/guide-to-tipping-at-restaurants/
Is the website...
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Non-Scholarly: 8 votes (100%)
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