Journals require you to consider numerous factors. These include Purpose, Type of Journal, Organization and Content, Bias, Date, Bibliography, Usefulness, Authority Coverage, Audience, and Illustrations.
Purpose: Why was it written? To:
Type of Journal:
Organization and Content
Bias (of the publisher): Is the journal:
Date: Some topics, such as health sciences, require current information. Others, such as geology, value both older and current material. Consider if the source is:
Be sure to note:
Does the article cover the topic comprehensively, partially, or is it an overview?
Audience: This ties in with the type of journal. Is the article for:
University of Wisconsin Green Bay. How Can I Tell If a Website Is Credible?, 3 June 2019, uknowit.uwgb.edu/page.php?id=30276.
University Libraries. “Fact or Opinion.” Choosing Using Sources A Guide to Academic Research, The Ohio State University, ohiostate.pressbooks.pub/choosingsources/chapter/fact-or-opinion/.