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TECH 3179 - Cooperative Education - Smith

This guide is intended to assist students with research in cooperative education.

Tips for Assessing Articles

Here are some things to consider when assessing articles or other publications:

  1. When was the article published?  Is it out of date for your needs?

  1. Who is the intended audience of the article or journal? 
    1. General public?  
    2. Professionals/practitioners in a field?
    3. Academics/scholars/professors?

  1. Is the journal published or sponsored by a professional or scholarly association?
    1. Examples include
      1.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
      2. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE))

  1. Is the article discussing research/experiments/case studies conducted by the author(s)?  Or, is it reporting on the work of others?

  1. Does the author provide a list of sources (bibliography, works cited, etc.)?

  1. What credentials or training does the author(s) have?  Advanced degrees in the field? Professional certifications? Is the author a journalist?