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- Quality, in this case, really refers to the suitability of your source for your academic research. Generally, you want academic sources, but even newspaper articles might be appropriate depending on your need.
- Think critically - We all evaluate the trustworthyness of advertizing, billboards, news shows, and other information every day. The same critical-thinking that goes into deciding what ads to trust goes into deciding what articles to use.
- Think in terms of of your source's sources, intended audience, language and where it is published.
Quality and Scholarliness
There are many strategies for determining the quality and scholarliness of your sources. Here are a couple options.
Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose. Is it CRAAP?
What Makes A Journal Scholarly? from Rutgers University Library.
Use these resources for information about and help writing academic articles, papers, research reports, etc.
UI Writing Center
The UI Writing Center offers online writing help, including online chat and a service to submit your paper for review.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab
A wealth of handouts and other information on topics like writing a thesis statement, evaluating sources, structuring and writing a paper, using APA style,etc.
Reading, Writing & Research for History
Bowdoin college site detailing the process of writing an academic paper from generating ideas to writing and editing papers. Although focused on papers in the History field, this information can be applied to many fields.