EVALUATING LIBRARY MATERIALS
BOOKS AND eBOOKS
Library materials have already been evaluated at least twice:
- They have been published by a reputable publisher.
- They have been evaluated and selected for the collection by qualified librarians.
Read a review of your book or an author biography, if possible.
The articles found in subscription databases come from a wide range of publications
- Consider the source before using them.
- You can limit your search to scholarly journals.
PASSING THE TEST
- Library sources should pass the same tests for authority, currency, and objectivity as websites.
Apply the CRAAP Test developed by Meriam Library at California State University, Chico
to evaluate materials from all sources for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
- Make sure sources fit your topic and provide good support for it. Just because your material came from the library, doesn't mean it is a good source for your paper.
Tip! Don't rely too much on one source. A variety of different types of sources will produce a better balanced, more interesting paper.