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Get Started With Research

Use this guide to become a more skillful researcher. Learn how to develop research questions, choose credible sources, evaluate your sources, cite them correctly, and avoid plagiarism

What is a Credible Source?

Learn to evaluate your sources with this tutorial entitled "Credible Sources Count" from Vaughan Memorial Library. It only takes about 10 minutes and is fun to work through.


Credible Sources Count Tutorial


Use the CRAAP Test for Credibility

As you begin to explore your topic and seek answers to your research questions, you need to be sure that you're using the best possible sources of information. You'll most likely find a variety of sources during your research including books, articles, Web documents, interviews, DVDs, and more.

You can feel pretty confident that books you get from the library and articles you find in the library's databases are reliable and credible because you know those have gone through a traditional editorial process; someone or some group has checked all the facts and arguments the author made and then deemed them suitable for publishing. You still have to think about whether or not the book or article is current and suitable for your project but you can feel confident that it is a credible, reliable source.

For each and every source you use you want to make sure it passed the CRAAP test.

Perkins, Kendra. “The CRAAP Test: An Easy & Fun Way to Evaluate Research Sources.” RefME, 19 Apr. 2016,


Watch the brief video below to see how this works.

Get Clues from URLs

Have you sometimes wondered how Web addresses are created or how to interpret them? You know, those Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) filled with letters, numbers, slashes and sometimes symbols?

Click on the picture below to use the site called Get Clues from URLs to learn how to read the URL to know more about a site you want to use for research. Knowing how to read a URL for clues helps you understand the Authority of a web resource.


Click this image to launch the website:

Getting Clues from URLs web site