Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 5: Evaluating Resources


Credible sources are those that contain authoritative discussions of your topic—that is, information that you and others are likely to accept and believe. Just as you would be more likely to believe statements made by honest eyewitnesses and respected experts, readers are more likely to believe research that comes from resources written by people with firsthand experience or special training in the field you are discussing. In academic writing, the kind you generally do in your classes, such research often comes from scholarly books and journals, resources written and edited by college professors and other experts.