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Advanced Research: Article Evaluation

This guide is for MSJC students and advanced researchers and features topics such as strategic browsing, finding data and using research tips to make your research process better, faster and smarter.

Evaluating An Article


Does the article cite references?

Is the work subject to peer review (scholarly journals) to determine the reliability of the content?



Does the article contain opinions or facts? Does it reflect the goals of a political, religious, group or institution?



Is the author an expert or specialist in the field.

  •  Credentials: Credentials indicate the institution with which the author is associated and (occasionally) information about their education and past writings. In scholarly journals, the author’s credentials are always provided. You might need to look for credentials in various places, depending on the format of the journal. They may appear in a contributors’ list at the front or back of the issue, on the first page of the article, or at the end of an article


Is the information sufficiently up-to-date enough for my topic?

You may need to consult multiple sources (journals or databases) to ascertain if there have been recent substantial developments in the field.


Relevance is important because you are expected to support your ideas with reliable information. Does the information in the article answer your research question, meet the requirements of the assignment and add something new to your knowledge of your topic?