Research Paper Resources

Purdue Owl:

Choosing a Topic:

Diana Hacker: Sample Research Paper:

UW Madison Writing Center:

Research Sources Checklist
Adapted from “Evaluating Internet Resources” (UMUC, 1998),

Ask yourself these questions about your sources. The greater number of questions answered yes, the more likely that the source is of high quality.

Authority: Is the authority in this material clear and legitimate? Is the writer qualified?

Accuracy: Can the factual information be verified by legitimate authority? Can one opinion be verified against another?

Objectivity: Is the material objective and free from advertising, bias, and hidden agendas? Is the language impartial? Is the statistical evidence credible?

Currency: Is the material updated frequently to ensure currency? Does the material reflect the most up-to-date research?

Coverage: Is the material complete, partial, or out of context? If the material is out of context, is there a path to find the source? If the material is out of copyright, has it been updated to make it more current?

Other Ideas

Look at the kinds of sources the scholarly articles you have read tend to cite. Go to the sources that seem useful for your question, and search for your research topic.

Check the “scholarly sources” box in an EBSCOHost search.

Bedford/St. Martin’s resource:

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