Western Civilization: Additional Help

A History of the Western World.

Evaluating Information

Here is a list of Common Questions you should ask when analyzing any source for research purposes.


Currency: Information is timely

Can you locate a publication date or posted date? Are there revisions or updates to the information? Is the information current enough for your topic?

Relevance: Information connects to your research needs

How does the information compare to other sources you found? Do I need scholarly communication, facts and figures, or an emotional story? Does the information answer your research question?

Authority: Information comes from a trusted source or expert

Can you determine the author or publisher of the source? Is the author affiliated with a particular institution or organization? Is the author an expert on this topic?

Accuracy: Information is correct, reliable, and factual

Can you identify the original source(s) of information? Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been peer-reviewed or fact checked?

Purpose: Information has a clear reason or intent

Is there an identifiable bias (political, personal, ideological)? What is the source's agenda (inform, persuade, sell, mislead, provoke)? Is the information factual, opinion, propaganda, or satirical?


*Based on the CRAAP test created by Molly Beestrum, Librarian, while at Dominican University.

Reference Assistance

Reference librarians are committed to assisting you with the following:


Locating appropriate resources

Developing research skills

Providing citation guidance

Assisting with library technology

Columbus Campus: Reference librarians are on duty during all hours the library is open. Reference librarians can be contacted at 614-287-2460 or by email at refdesk@cscc.edu.

Delaware Campus: Reference librarians can be contacted at 740-203-8183 or by email at refdesk@cscc.edu.

How to Cite Sources

Use these Columbus State Library guides to learn how to format your citations for books, articles, websites, and other sources you use.

Citing Sources

Type

Description

MLA

APA

Full Research Guide

Find detailed information and examples of sources cited.

MLA Citations Guide

APA Citations Guide

Citing Sources 
Quick Guide

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Citing Sources - MLA Style

Citing Sources - APA Style

In-Text Citations Quick Guide

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In-Text Citations - MLA Style

In-Text Citations - APA Style

Subject Guide

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