Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

FW 255: Field Sampling

Task 4: Reading Critically and Evaluating Sources

ALERT! For some basic details or commonly-used techniques, you might need to carefully venture into non-peer-reviewed articles to find information that is important to add to your project’s approach.

For this assignment, use Google to search for information on one or more techniques you are considering in your sampling design. Keywords or what you put in the search window is still important, but there might be some more flexibility in how you “ask” Google to search for you.

Consider the source of the information you find. Is it likely that the authors/contributors are bringing professional expertise and accuracy to the product and knowledge you found?

For this task, find one non-journal article source of information that can support you in building your project and cite it on the homework assignment.

Use the following Evaluate Your Source questions to make sure you are using reliable information.

Evaluate Your Source

  • Does the source have a bibliography? This can lead you to other sources.
  • Is there an author listed as part of the citation? Judging authority can be difficult without an author.
  • Is the journal refereed (peer reviewed)?
  • How old is the source? Will this matter for your topic? Currency of information can be important. Some aspects of a topic may need currency more than others.
  • What other terminology is being used either by the author or by the database? Keep an eye out for other words you can use in your search statements.
  • Do the EOU or OSU Libraries own the journal (either in print or electronically)? If we don't own it, it will take more time to get your hands on the source.