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Evaluating Resources: Introduction


As you are working on your studies, you will come across many different resources. The goal of this guide is to teach you how to successfully evaluate these resources to determine if they are appropriate for your assignment, project, or research. Specifically, it will cover:

  • identifying various publication types
  • evaluating websites
  • evaluating publication types for appropriateness for scholarly research
  • methods for evaluating resources
  • identifying peer-reviewed sources
  • identifying primary and secondary sources
  • identifying research articles

Evaluating resources webinar series

What is this stuff? Identifying Materials in the Walden Library

In a physical library, you can easily tell the differences between a book, a journal article, or a dissertation. However, in an online library, you don't have those physical clues to help you. Learn how to correctly identify various resources in the Walden Library in this first webinar of our Evaluating Resources Webinar Series.


The Three Ps of Primary Evaluation: Primary vs Secondary, Popular vs Scholarly, and Peer Review

Are you confused about how to tell if an article is peer reviewed? Not sure what peer reviewed even means? How do you tell if the resource you've read is a primary source or secondary source? What are the differences between popular and scholarly resources? These concepts are all part of evaluating a resource. Learn about the three Ps in the second part of our Evaluating Resources Webinar Series.


Right Resource, Right Time: How to evaluate Library materials

How do you know which Library source is appropriate to use for a discussion post or background information or a literature review? How can you critically evaluate sources found in the Library? Learn common reasons to use different types of materials and how to evaluate resources for reliability in the third part of our Evaluating Resources Webinar Series.


What about stuff I find on the Internet? Knowing when to use and trust what you find on the Internet

With all of the information easily available online and on social media, it can be difficult to know what to believe or trust. We'll look at ways to evaluate and identify internet resources, with a special focus on the issue of fake news. Get an overview of what fake news is, how to identify it, and steps you can take to become a critical news consumer. Explore how to evaluate Internet resources to locate credible information as the final part of our Evaluating Resources Webinar Series.