Are your sources appropriate for university-level research? Ask questions about your sources when you're deciding whether or not to use them for your research assignments:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevance: The information meets your assignment needs
Authority: The source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability and correctness of the information
Purpose: The reason the information exists
Ask yourself these questions about each of the articles you select to build your own informed opinions and arguments:
Does your article raise questions you hadn't considered or make claims that shape your thinking? -Integrate these into your arguments to develop and focus them further
Does your article provide evidence for any of your arguments? -Integrate the relevant evidence or data into your own argument and explain its significance
Does your article take a position counter to any of your arguments? -Include these sources to strengthen your own arguments by explaining and providing evidence of why you disagree with them
What relationships do you see between your articles? -Integrate the arguments and evidence from your sources together to use them as building blocks for your own conclusions and arguments
Use the scholarly articles you select to build your own informed opinions and arguments.
When you're reading scholarly articles for your assignments, look for key information like:
Try out the post How to Read and Get the Most out of a Journal Articles, by the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS), which describes the Three Pass Approach to reading and understanding Psychology journal articles.