Resources for Psychology
Evaluating Non Scholarly or Web-Based Sources
A resource can still be credible even if it isn't scholarly. There are several questions you can ask to determine whether a non-scholarly source or website is reliable and appropriate to use in your research.
- Purpose: What is the purpose of the source? Is it to educate and inform, or to persuade?
- Authority: Who is the author of the resource? What are her or his credentials?
- Accuracy: Is the information presented factually accurate? Does the resource list or link to its sources?
- Timeliness: How current is the information? When was it last updated?
- Scope: Does the source present information in an overly simplistic way, or does it seem more deeply engaged with its subject matter?