It is always a good idea to check with the librarian and library databases of the institution/university for authentic scholarly sources.
While the verification process may take a bit of your time and effort, being sure of the authenticity of your sources will help you advance in your task with more confidence.
When conducting literature search, do you feel uncertain about a source’s authenticity and credibility?
In this article, we focus on identifying ‘scholarly’ sources for obtaining reliable information to be presented for academic work such as class assignments, dissertation, or thesis writing.
Search for the citations of the article on library databases or on Google Scholar.
Authors: Always check the credibility of the author by verifying the biography details.
The content should be non-biased and provide a very objective review or study on a particular topic stating both strengths and limitations of the study.
Articles with numerous typographical mistakes, grammatical errors, or other inaccuracies are not reliable.
Ensure that the author is an expert in the field of study, confirm the author’s institutional affiliation, other publications of the author, and check if the publisher stands to benefit from the research or argument presented in the book.
Publisher: Books published by university presses, professional or trade associations, government offices, institutes, research centres, and reputable commercial publishers are usually trustworthy and have scholarly content.