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Searching and evaluating articles
- Go to the library's homepage
- Click Databases
- Click Academic Search Complete
- Enter the keywords/phrases from the current event topic that produced the best webpage results in the search boxes
- Place each new topic/idea in a separate box
- Enclose phrases of 2-3 words in quotation marks
- Place OR between synonyms
- Click Search
Return to top and click "C. Differences between sources" tab
- In sidebar, refine results:
- Limit To
- Resources that are peer reviewed (material evaluated by others working in same discipline)
- Resources published within a specified date range
- Source Types
- Limit by material type (i.e., journal, book, magazine)
- Subject/Thesaurus Term
- Use this list to locate better terms/synonyms to enter into search boxes OR place a checkmark by a term to narrow a topic
Locate an article
Using your current event topic, find academic articles using the search box on the library homepage. On the results page limit to Source Types Magazines, Newspapers, Academic Journals, or Trade Publications.
Calculate Your Article ESA
Help Locating Information to Evaluate Articles Using Earned Scholarly Average Criteria
Using the current event topic, from the list of your search results:
1) select a full text article
2) calculate the Earned Scholarly Average (ESA) for your article using the chart at this link.
(Note: author has 2 parts - answer both parts)
- 6 points or more: Good source, as long as it's relevant to your topic
- 2-5 points: Worth a look and further consideration
- 1 point or lower: Possible background material, but keep looking
ESA was developed by librarians at Ferris State University's FLITE library as part of the Project Information Literacy Online Tutorial
3) Post your article title, persistent link/permalink, completed chart and two sentences about authority (author/sponsor) and credibility (content).
- Select the magnifying class ("search windows") in the bottom left corner
- Type Snipping Tool
- Click Snipping Tool
- Click New
- Click and drag a red box around the chart
- Click File
- Click Save As...
- Save graphic to Desktop as File name: article ESA.PNG