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Literature Reviews

This guide is intended for students who are seeking help on writing a literature review.

Step 4: Analyze Material

When searching for material it is important to analyze your sources and material for credibility, accuracy, currency, and authenticity.

Some questions to ask when analyzing a source:

  • What is the purpose of the work?
    • Is it to publish relevant findings or to sell something?
    • Is the purpose to provide information to other scholars?
  • Who is the author? Are they credible?
    • What credentials does the author have?
    • Can you find other works they have done?
    • Does this author cite their sources?
    • Is this author cited by other reliable authors?
    • What other works has this author published, and are they also credible?
    • Is the author unbiased?
  • Is this work scholarly and/or peer reviewed?
    • Has it been reviewed by other academics in the field?
      • How do you know?
  • How accurate is this information?
    • Is it supported by facts/empirical evidence?
    • Can you find the same information elsewhere in another source?
  • How current is the material?
    • Has there been similar information published more recently?
    • When was the last time it was updated?
    • What time frame are you looking at for your literature review, and does the work fall within that range?

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Internet Resources

Evaluating Sources (Video)

Helping Students Identify Fake News (Video)