Confused about Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals?
For some assignments your instructor may ask you to locate scholarly, or peer-reviewed articles. Not sure what peer-review is all about? Check out the tutorial, "Peer Review in 3 Minutes" from North Carolina State University. If you still have questions, ask a librarian at any of your TCC campus libraries - you can contact us in person, as well as by phone, email or chat!
Scholarly vs. Popular Sources
Emma and Len from Ohlone College examine the differences between scholarly and popular sources as they prepare for a psychology class assignment...
Remember that you can use Google to find sources. However, all sources must be creditable and written within the last five years. Make sure that all of the sources included in your paper pass the CAARP Test.
The following is a list of questions to help you evaluate information that you find. Some questions, or criteria, will be more important than others, depending on the project you are working on. If you're not sure how certain criteria apply to your information source, ask a librarian for help!
Key: ** indicates criteria is for Web sources only
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
Evaluating Information – Applying the CAARP Test
created by: Meriam Library, California State University, Chico
You will primarily be citing your sources in APA format. We have a lot of tools that can help with this. If you need to create original citations, refer to the library's Style Citation, APA handout or stop by the library or the Writing Center for help.
Most of the library databases will create an APA citation for you. Look around for the Cite or Cite This link on the article page. If you email the article to yourself, the email window usually asks which citation style you need. If you have any trouble finding this, please contact me.
If you are using your own APA Style book, make sure it is the 6th edition!
If you need ANY help with citing your sources, please contact me. You can even email me your References page, and I'll email you back my comments!
Other Citation Resources
If you ever need to cite using AMA style, here are some helpful guides.
For help via e-mail, just ask a librarian.
For help via telephone, just call:
NE Campus (817) 515-6629
NW Campus (817) 515-7725
SE Campus (817) 515-3081
SO Campus (817) 515-4524
TR Campus (817) 515-1220
For help in person, visit your campus library during operating hours: