Peer review is the process by which research studies are selected for publication. Here's how it works:
Is it, or is it ain't a scholarly source? If it isn't, is it good enough to use anyway? (If it IS, is it good enough to use anyway?) Here are some resources to help you evaluate that great article you just found.
"What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact." -- Warren Buffett
Evaluating information is a tricky thing.
We want to find sources that support our research and provide a substantive background. But how do you know when you've got the good stuff? One way is to compare the source to what you already know. But the point of research is discovery: sometimes, the discovery of something that goes against the prevailing view.
This can be especially challenging when you're a student and still learning what you need to know to weigh evidence effectively. This page provides some strategies and tools to help you weigh your sources and choose the best ones for your research project.
Much of information evaluation is building context. Whether it's an image on Tumblr, a retweet, a Facebook meme, or an interesting article you just found on your topic, a key component of critically evaluating information is never take anything at face value. The full story is often more interesting, more complex, and may reveal a very different truth. Here are some examples: