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I found an article on Google that I want to use for my paper...is it ok?

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2012  |  25 Views

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When choosing an article from Google, you should evaluate it based on the following criteria:

1) Who is the author and is he affiliated with an institution or organization?

2) Is the article current?

3) How accurate is the information presented?

4) What is the purpose of the article?

5) Who is the intended audience?

6) Is the article coming from a popular, trade or scholarly publication?

7) Does the article have any references?

8) Is the article available on an education, government or organizational website?

9) Can you access the full-text of the article for free?

Google Scholar is a more reliable search engine to find relevant articles on a topic.  It will link to articles that will cite your results as well as to similar or related articles.  If articles are not in full-text or free of charge, search the name of the publication from a citation in our Online and Print Journals on the Mahoney Library web page. You can also evaluate the journal or magazine using Uhlrich's Periodical Directory in Research Tools, Databases, A-Z.

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