Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Fullerton College Library

History 171: Ashenmiller/Ream (Fall 2020)

A research guide to assist History 171 students with their research projects during the Fall 2020 semester.

Scholarly v. Popular Resources and Peer Review

About Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Sometimes also called scholarly journal articles, these are materials located in databases such as EBSCOhost and JSTOR.
  • Peer-review refers to a process by which submissions to scholarly journals are reviewed by experts in a field for accuracy and legitimacy.
  • Peer-reviewed articles typically contain very detailed scientific studies, and no advertisements or unnecessary images.

Evaluating Information on the Internet

WHO put the information on the Web?

  • Authority – What are the author’s qualifications for writing about this subject?

Domain – Check the web domains to see the type of website/webpage.  Commonly used web domains are:

  • com – commercial business
  • .edu – educational institution (i.e. a college)
  • .gov – U.S. government agency
  • .org – U.S. nonprofit organization

WHAT kind of information does it provide?

  • Objectivity – Is it a blog or a personal website? Is the information biased?          

WHEN was the information posted?

  • Currency – Is the site regularly updated and maintained? Are the links active?

WHERE is the information coming from?

  • Accuracy – Is the information backed by research? Are there references or bibliographies?

WHY is the information on the Web?

  • Motivation – What is the purpose of the site or the author

The purpose of a Website usually falls into the following categories:

  • To persuade (advocacy)
  • To inform (to report research; to provide information)
  • To sell (advertising or company Websites)
  • To entertain or to provide personal information

From the Irvine Valley College Library Evaluating Source guide

Find more information on evaluating resources for your paper by using the link below.