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What is the difference between popular and scholarly writing?

Popular vs. Scholarly Periodicals and Peer-review (IQ)

This IQ PowerPoint presentation outlines the differences between popular and scholarly journals as well as peer-reviewed journals. For a PDF copy of the presentation click here.

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines (University of Texas at San Antonio)

This guide explains the differences between popular and scholarly books, articles, and electronic resources.

What is the difference between primary and secondary sources?

Primary sources vs. Secondary sources (Hartness Library - YouTube)

A helpful video that describes the differences between primary and secondary sources and how they impact academic research.

What is a primary resource? (Princeton)

A brief description of primary and secondary sources, as well as suggested keywords to help with searching.

How do I know if I can trust the information I found on a website?

Evaluating a Web Site (IQ)

This IQ PowerPoint presentation discusses three criteria to help you evaluate web site and points to some helpful theological resources online. For a PDF copy of the presentation click here.

Evaluating Web Sites: A Checklist (University of Maryland - PDF)

This brief checklist walks you through the criteria for evaluating a web site.

Evaluation Criteria (New Mexico State University)

An alternative set of criteria for evaluating web sites, including links to sample pages.

The Internet Detective (Intute Virtual Training Suite)

A fun and interactive tutorial that puts your web site evaluation skills to the test.

Evaluating Information (SWITCH Library Consortium)

This tutorial will help you to evaluate all information, not just what you find on the web.

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