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TEP Guide: Evaluating Information Sources

This guide contains links to resources, services and information specific to students undertaking TEP studies.

Why can't I just use Google for my assignments?

Are you using the right search tool for your needs?

  • Use Library Search to find library books, eBooks, journal articles, databases, newspapers and audio-visual materials.

  • Use Subject Guides for links to databases and other sources of information relevant to your subject area.

  • Use Advanced Google or Google to find government reports and statistics from reliable agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

  • Use Google Scholar to find a broad range of scholarly literature. Note: Google Scholar does not vet the quality of journals it indexes. Also, not all information on Google Scholar is free.

What is a scholarly journal article?

Watch the video to learn about scholarly and peer reviewed sources.  

When using Library Search and library databases, click the peer-reviewed filter to find peer-reviewed articles.

You can also check Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to verify whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed. 

Are you searching in the right place?

Ask us at the Library

 08 8946 7016

 +61 4 8885 0811 (text only)

 askthelibrary@cdu.edu.au 

 FAQs 

How do I evaluate a source of information?

The CRAAP test can help you evaluate sources of information. CRAAP stands for:

Currency

Relevancy

Authoritative

Accuracy

Purpose

Watch the video below to learn more about using the CRAAP Test to evaluate sources of information.

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