Where’s the Source?

Library and Information Week is just around the corner, and this year, it comes with a sizzling theme: “Where’s the source?” 🌭🔍 Just like a perfect sandwich isn’t complete without the perfect sauce, your research at university demands credible sources. Plus, being a responsible digital citizen means that you should ensure your info is top-notch before sharing. Not sure where to start? Your trusty librarians are here to spice up your info game.

Looking for scholarly resources?

Picture this: you’re whipping up an awesome essay. Sprinkle in peer-reviewed journal articles for that scholarly punch! Assessments will often require scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed material. Spoiler alert: including these types of resources may help you score better marks! We can show you how to filter in Primo or our databases for peer-reviewed sources, and how to double check if a source really has been through this quality assurance check. For more: watch our quick clip on Peer Review.

What about web resources?

Before you dig in, run the CRAP test to evaluate information: Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose. Double-check those claims, cross-reference multiple sources, and avoid getting burned by unreliable information. Here’s the kicker — every sauce brings a unique flavour, and every source has its bias. So, don’t shy away from tasting different perspectives and seek out a balanced blend of information! This infographic sums things up nicely:

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (2017). How to spot fake news.

So, whether you’re starting an assignment or about to hit that ‘share’ button, don’t forget to ask, “Where’s the source?” Your librarians are here to help you uncover the most reliable, up-to-date, and unbiased information to ace your academic journey. Chat with us today.

Library and Information Week, 31 July – 6 August, 2023. #WheresTheSource