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ENGL 1410: Writing and AI: Evaluate Sources

Choosing your sources

Follow the assignment instructions.

Make sure your sources comply with the instructions and specifications your ENGL 1410 instructor gave you. Remember, they may have asked for certain types of articles, popular sources, or books. 

  • If you're uncertain if what you're using is peer reviewed, credible, or both, ask a librarian.
  • If you're uncertain if what you're using fits the assignment, ask your instructor. 

How to Spot a Peer Reviewed Source

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Peer Review FAQ

How can I make sure that a journal is peer reviewed? ‚Äč

  • Google the journal title. On the right side of Google, you can usually see a listing for the journal that will say if it's peer reviewed or not. 
  • Use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. If Google doesn't have any info, look it up in Ulrich's, linked below. If it says refereed or has the little stripy referee shirt on the listing, that means it's peer reviewed.

How can I make sure that my book was peer reviewed?

  • Check on the title page and the backside of the title page for publisher information. Look for university presses, e.g. Oxford University Press.
  • If you're still flummoxed, go talk to a librarian. 

 

This journal says double blind peer review or double blind review. What is that?

  • This is a special type of peer review that helps to prevent bias. The reviewers don't know who wrote the paper, and the author doesn't know who reviewed the paper. This way they can't be influenced by a personal or professional relationship. 
  • This is also why most journals won't list who reviewed  the paper, although some do. 

 

Are all peer reviewed journal articles 100% correct then? 

  • Not necessarily. Papers that were thought correct can be proven wrong over time when new evidence comes up. Research is an ongoing conversation. 
  • Sometimes people lie. The paper may make it through peer review because it seems like the study or research was conducted correctly, but later on it's discovered that numbers were fudged, subjects were mistreated, results were made up, or researchers were being paid to influence what a study found. These papers are then RETRACTED by the journal.
  • Check out the blog linked below to see how and why papers have been retracted.