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Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology: Find Internet Resources

This guide provides quick access to quality resources relevant to sustainable construction, green technology and alternative energy.

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Are Your Sources Credible?

It is important to find credible print and online resources for your research paper. Get into the habit of evaluating information, especially if you are using sources that you find on the Web where anyone can post a webpage. Ask yourself the following questions:

Currency        Is the information recent, or have there been newer updates?

Relevancy      Why are you choosing this resource? What is the scope? Is this resource general or specific?

Accuracy        Is this information correct? Can it be verified? Is it complete? Is it cited? Is it peer-reviewed?

Authority        Is the author, creator, qualifications, or organization clearly stated? What is their reputation? What

                        type of credentials do they have, and are they appropriate to your topic?

Purpose         Who is the intended audience? Is the site trying to sell anything? What biases does the author have

                        and how do they affect the resource?

Purdue Libraries. (2020, November 4). Evaluating sources: How to evaluate sources [Video].

There are many methods for evaluating information. Two of the more popular methods are the CRAAP (currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, purpose) test and CARS (credible, accurate, reasonable, support) evaluation method.

Snowden Library. Lycoming College. (2020, July 21). Evaluating online sources with the CRAAP test [Video].

The goal of peer review is to assess the quality of articles submitted for publication in a scholarly journal. The article undergoes the following process:

  • The author submits their article to a journal editor who forwards it to experts in the author's field. These experts are considered to be the author’s peers (peer-review). 
  • These impartial reviewers carefully evaluate the quality of the submitted manuscript.
  • The peer reviewers check the article for accuracy and assess the validity of the research methodology and procedures.
  • The reviewers may suggest revisions. If the article does not meet established standards for a given discipline, it is rejected. Peer-reviewed articles that are accepted for publication exemplify the best research practices in a field.

Features of a Peer-Reviewed Article

Infographic highlighting the features of a peer-reviewed article.

Further Considerations

  • Is the journal in which you found the article published or sponsored by a professional society or association, or a university? Does it describe itself as a peer-reviewed publication? 

  • Did you find a citation for it in one of your library's article databases that includes scholarly publications, i.e., Proquest Central?

  • In the database, did you limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed publications? 

  • Is the topic of the article narrowly focused and explored in depth?

  • Is the article based on either original research or authorities in the field (as opposed to personal opinion)?

  • Is the article written for readers with some prior knowledge of the subject?

  • Is the article divided into sections with headings such as: Introduction / Theory or Background / Methods / Discussion / Literature review / Subjects / Results / Conclusion.

Where to Find Peer-Reviewed Articles

Search your library's article databases, many of which include peer-reviewed journals. To ensure that your results come from peer-reviewed or scholarly journals, do the following:

  • Read the description of the article database to determine if it features peer-reviewed articles.

  • On the database's search screen, look for a check-box that allows you to limit your results to peer-reviewed only.

  • If you didn't check off the "peer-reviewed articles only" box, look for an option that allows you to filter your results by resource type. For example, the database Proquest Central, provides an option for choosing "Scholarly Journals" in its "results" screen.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Lord Sealy Library. (n.d). Features of a peer-reviewed article.

Off-Campus Access

You can use NSCC Libraries' e-resources off-site by logging in with your w# and password (the same login information you use for your NSCC email). Please see the Streaming Video Guide for help locating video.