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Religious Studies: REL 400: Capstone Experience

Find Scholarly Sources

Article Databases
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Evaluate Information Sources

Evaluating Sources: Think critically about information sources that you use. Here are a few things to consider when evaluating sources…

Who wrote it and why?

  • What qualifies the author(s) to write about the topic?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the purpose -- to inform / entertain / persuade / summarize / report new findings?
  • What is the context in which it was written?

How does it support your research question?

  • What do you know now that you didn’t know before reading it?
  • What does the source argue or demonstrate that none of your other sources do?
  • What questions remain or what new questions are raised when considering the information?

What makes it reliable?

  • What evidence did the author use to support his/her claims?
  • Have other people cited or referenced it?
  • How might someone dismiss it?
  • Who had to approve or review it before it could be published?

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

For much of the research that you do at Gettysburg College, professors will request that you use scholarly articles (from peer-reviewed journals, rather than popular magazines and websites.) If you need help telling the difference, see this guide on the library website.

RefWorks and Zotero

You can use citation management tools like RefWorks or Zotero to organize your references and quickly generate in-text citations and bibliographies. Both pieces of software are installed on all Gettysburg lab computers.

For more information on each tool, refer to the guides below.

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Log into RefWorks.

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View the website for downloading Zotero.