Before you use the sources you have found their relevance and scientific nature should be evaluated. In this Libguide we will offer you several methods and tools.
Even if you do all the checks on these pages there are no guarantees that the texts you will be reading are true, objective and unbiased. You will always have to pay close attention to the sources you use. And above all, always remain a critical reader.
The crux of science lies in the extent to which an author/researcher performs his work objectively and makes it verifiable. In determining the quality and scientific nature of sources you may start from three kinds of checks:
Think that you will rarely find a source that provides a complete answer to your main questions and sub-questions and that gives a report of the exact same research or problem you are working on.
If you use other sources, it is extra important to check the scholarly level yourself. Of course, your source needs to be meaningful and relevant, above all.
For non-scientific sources (newspapers, blogs, websites etc.) and so-called grey literature (e.g. master theses, dissertations, reports, statistics, policy papers), pay close attention to:
You can use non-scholarly sources:
See also the LibGuide on the use of Wikipedia in science.