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ENG 1000 Introduction to Academic Writing - Spring 2021
Use this checklist to evaluate resources for credibility.
Some of the most credible websites are .com (New York Times, Wall Street Journal), while biased and partisan groups may have websites ending in .org. Don't only rely on the website domain (.com, .gov, .edu, or .org) to determine the credibility of the website. Lateral reading is a method used by professional fact-checkers to determine a source's credibility.
Steps for Lateral Reading:
Open new tabs and search for information about the website you're reading from Wikipedia or credible news sources.
Look for information about the mission, funding, and potential biases.
Go beyond the news story and look for the original resource or other scholarly information using Library resources.
Is it scholarly?
An article is typically considered scholarly if it has the following items:
Author names and credentials
The author(s) list their degrees and university or research affiliations.
Summarizes the articles content.
Can also appear as Methodology, Research Methods, etc. This section describes the methods used by the authors to collect data.
Can also appear as Data Analysis, Analysis, Results, etc. This section analyzes the collected data.