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GREEN: Be thoughtful, these sources undergo a fairly stringent editorial and peer-review process but quality can vary.
Academic journals and scholarly articles share the following characteristics:
Need to verify that a journal is peer reviewed (refereed)? Search the Ulrichsweb periodicals directory for the title of the journal, if you see this icon the journal is refereed.
The TRAAP Test helps you to evaluate the information that you find. Different criteria will be more or less useful depending on your need.
Timeliness: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information
Purpose: the reason the information exists
Credits: Content used on this page was adapted from "Is this source of information good?" from Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.