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First-Year Experience Research Guide

New to CCSU and/or the research process? This Guide's for you!

Important note

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On this page you will find two boxes - one for tutorials and short quizzes related to the evaluation process and another for important resources. Within each box are tabbed pages (think tabbed dividers within a notebook!).  Be sure to click on each tab to review all the information you need.

Learning Objectives for EVALUATE

  • Explain the differences between scholarly and nonscholarly sources and how information from these sources might be used.
  • Relate the information need and search strategy to the appropriate information source.
  • Evaluate information on a variety of factors (i.e., timeliness, relevancy, accuracy, authority, purpose, and your own bias) using various methods (i.e., lateral reading) to ensure credibility.

EVALUATE - Tutorials

Click on upper right hand corner of video screen for a menu.

Entire tutorial runs 8.69 minutes.

Individual sections:

  • Evaluation (0:45)
  • Scholarly journals (2:38)
  • Non-scholarly periodicals (2:30)
  • Websites (2:46)
  • Social media (1:10)

EVALUATE - Resources

Everyone tells you that doing research well takes a good chunk of time, but I promise you that doing research poorly takes even longer! Want to make good use of your research time? Don't read every article with a title that sounds like it might be relevant to you.

(You read that correctly. I said don't.)

Instead, evaluate every step of the way to see if what you're looking at is something you might use. Let's say you've done a search in Academic Search Premier...


  1. Look at the subjects associated with the article. These are used to describe the article, like tags. Do these sound relevant to your topic?
  2. Look at the resource type icon. This tells you what kind of source you would be looking at (a newspaper article, magazine article, report, a government document, a web resource, or a journal article). Is it the type you want?

screenshot of academic search premier with subjects and resource icon type circled

And then, after you click...


  1. Look at the abstract! You can read the short abstract to get a sense of what the article says. This is a full overview -- no cliff-hangers, no secrets. This will help you decide whether you might want to use it for your research.

screenshot of academic search premier with article abstract circled

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