Open ART 201: Critically Evaluating Information
This tutorial is the second in a series intended to assist students in ART 201 with the research paper assignment. The series will show students how to generate keywords from your paper topic, search for scholarly sources using the Salisbury University Libraries' website, and evaluate the sources.
*While this tutorial is part of a series intended for ART 201 and is intended to be completed in a sequence, these tutorials may be helpful to others outside of the class.
Let's begin from the "Critically Evaluate Information" tab of the course guide.
For college-level research, you'll want to use only the highest-quality information sources you can find. For this assignment, you'll need a "scholarly" source (either a book or an article)- but what does that term "scholarly" actually mean?
The oversimplified answer is: a scholarly source is one that is written by either an academic or professional expert. In art history, that could be a source written by: an academic professor, museum professional, art critic, or other expert within the field.
What are some other characteristics of a scholarly source besides having an expert author? Click here to find out!
There are other ways to evaluate sources, as well, besides just determining if it's scholarly or not. Referring to the course guide, you can also use the CRAAP Test, outlined fully on the guide linked to this tutorial, to gauge the efficacy of the source for your assignment.
Review these criteria carefully.
Now what do these criteria mean in the discipline of art history?
The last question you may want to ask yourself when considering a source is: would you be comfortable citing the source in your research assignment?
Be sure to consider each of these criteria for your sources when completing your research assignment.
Have questions? Please contact the liaison librarian for Art and I'll be happy to help you out with your research.
Caroline Eckardtcmeckardt@salisbury.eduGAC 132(410) 548-5972
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