There are many "tests" out there designed to help users apply different criteria to resources to determine whether or not a source is reputable. We challenge you to think through this yourself. If someone told you something, how would you go about finding out if it was true? You would probably check a few things:
Conducting research is simply asking a lot of questions. Once you find out relevant information, you'll have more questions to answer. There is not usually an "end" or concrete answer. To make sure that you find the best information there is on your topic, you'll need to think critically about what you're finding, whether it is peer-reviewed or not.
There are many types of materials available to you through the library's collection and resources. Periodicals, which are publications that are published regularly, such as on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis, can be categorized into a number of different types:
1. Scholarly or Discipline Based (reputable, include citations, often peer-reviewed, often referred to as "academic journals")
2. Newspapers (often reputable, but not "scholarly")
3. Popular (can be reputable, but require a high degree of evaluation and articles may or may not be of substantive value)
4. Sensational (not usually reputable, created to feed off of gossip and/or fear, think tabloids)
You can find articles published in scholarly journals, newspapers, and magazines both online through the library's vast electronic resources and in print at all of our library locations.