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Evaluating Information: Getting Started

A guide to help you find the best information for your academic research projects.


Okay, so your professor has assigned a research project and says you have to use "scholarly sources." Does Google have scholarly sources? Sometimes. But more often than not, you need to consult academic journals and book chapters; content typically not freely available on the open web. Don't panic! This guide offers some basic tips on understanding the difference between scholarly and popular sources and the best places to find them. You'll also learn some key questions to ask when reviewing any type of resource for your assignments. 


Bristol librarians are available to help you with your research. We provide guidance in locating information and using resources available through the library and on the internet. If you need research help, using the chat box is a fast and easy way to reach out to us!

If chat is unavailable, please use our Ask-A-Librarian page to submit a question or make an appointment with Book-A-Librarian.