Q. I need some “credible” sources. What does that mean? How can I find them?
When instructed to use credible sources for a research paper, most professors mean scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. These are articles written by experts in academic or professional fields. Some characteristics of these articles include a listing of the author's affiliation, an abstract, technical language, charts and graphs, and numerous citations.
To find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, use Library Quick Search on the library homepage. Type your topic into the search box and select the PEER REVIEWED option right below the box. Or you can search the topic and, when you get the list of results, select the SCHOLARLY & PEER REVIEWED filter in the left-hand column. Use additional filters to narrow search results further.
Also, see our online guide for Scholarly Resources listed below. For more information and assistance, contact the JPL Front Desk at 210-458-4574, or Chat With Us.
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