It's time to talk about evaluating those sources. Being able to locate something you're interested in reading is a good start, but you always want to make sure the article or video in question is a good quality source.
Unfortunately, this is one reason why having so much information freely available online can be problematic. While there are many pluses, it's also very easy for people to post and share poorly supported or outright incorrect information - sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. This is referred to as misinformation, a topic of ever increasing importance over the past few years. This module will provide you with strategies that will help you find high quality information no matter what type of sources you're looking at.
You've now heard the term "peer reviewed" several times, so what exactly does it mean when something is peer reviewed? This video from the NCSU Libraries quickly and concisely discusses how articles get peer reviewed, and the role of peer review in scholarly research and publication.
Work through the tutorial below and you can also explore the Finding Peer Reviewed Sources Research Guide for more information.
Starting with your first semester here at MCPHS, it is very likely you will be asked to use academic journal articles as sources for your class assignments. While this course teaches you how to find those articles and how to begin evaluating their quality and usefulness, reading and understanding the articles you find is a skill of its own. Here are some tips:
We recommend watching all of these short videos that contain useful hints on evaluating websites and information you find online.