Guidelines for Evaluating Sources
When using information from any type of source, first consider the credibility of the source based on these guidelines:
Academic disciplines acknowledge authorities in the sense of well-known scholars and publications and subject expertise (e.g., peer-reviewed/referred scholarship). However, various types of sources reflect different types of authority, such as government organizations (e.g., national, state, international websites) or special online collections (e.g., historic events websites, public policy websites).
Authoritative content may be packaged formally or informally and may include print, electronic, or media sources of various types. As you write your own papers or conduct your own research, recognize the responsibilities of seeking out accurate and reliable sources based on the information needed, and respecting the intellectual property of authors by giving credit to their original ideas and appropriately citing sources used in your writing.
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). (2000). Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/standards/standards.pdf
Check with your professor about requirements for citation styles. The current APA style is published in: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition. Copies of the APA style guide are available at the John C. Hitt Library (main campus) on the 2nd floor.