What makes for a good research paper? The quality of one’s research depends on several factors, including the crispness of the language, organization of ideas and the strength, or persuasiveness of the argument. And yet, no matter how well-crafted a paper may be, it is only as good as its sources. Credible sources are the foundation of a solid, well-turned out research paper.
But how can one tell if a source is credible? To evaluate a source, ask yourself the following questions:
Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials (educational background, publication record, research experience) in this area? Have you seen the author’s name cited in other sources or bibliographies?