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Getting Started with your Paper / Project

Tips form UMSL's Reference Librarians on researching papers and projects

Evaluate Sources

 You will want to use the best sources of information you can find. Several criteria should be kept in mind when selecting material including

  1. The credentials of the author
  2. The currency of the item (how recent it is),
  3. Is the source objective?
  4. The quality of the research - has the article been reviewed by others in the field (peer-review)?

Internet sources should be evaluated carefully.  Please consult the following guide.