You will need to use reliable sources for your college research. Reliable sources are written by experts or go through some fact-checking process. Most of the sources that you find using Google will not meet these criteria and are therefore not considered reliable.
Reliable sources can be grouped into two categories: popular sources and scholarly sources.
Popular sources include newspapers, encyclopedias, and magazines. They are written by journalists and provide background information. They are reliable because newspapers and magazines fact-check their stories before they are published. Encyclopedias are reliable because they are written by experts on the topic.
You can find popular sources in the following SOWELA databases:
Scholarly sources (also called "peer reviewed") report the scientific evidence and conclusions of scholars and researchers. Most importantly, this research has been reviewed by other scholars in the same field of study before it was published to ensure that it is accurate and reliable.
The video below will tell you more about peer reviewed sources and how to find them in the library.
Consider 4 aspects about a source to determine if it is reliable:
2. Motivation or Bias