There are three types of sources:
1) Primary Sources
2) Secondary Sources
3) Tertiary Sources
Instructors often ask students to find “scholarly”, “academic”, or “peer reviewed” sources of information for their research. These terms all refer to the same type of information – sources based on in-depth research, and are considered higher in quality and more reliable for your research. These sources can range from chapters within books or entire books, or journal articles, but all have common characteristics that can help you recognize that type of information.
General Purpose (Popular)
When looking for sources on the Web, it's important to verify that the information presented is credible.
Below are 5 points and questions to ask when evaluating a website to ensure it is credible:
Additional questions to ask for each question can be found at the Millstein Library's Evaluating Web Resources site: