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Evaluating sources

Make sure that you build your work on trustworthy information. It is not always easy to know what information to trust, here are some simple guidelines to follow:

  1. Search in the databases provided by the University Library of Stavanger. Remember to log in through remote access if you are not working on campus.
  2. When searching for literature, limit your search to peer reviewed (fagfellevurdert på norsk) sources. When a source has been peer reviewed, it means that it has been through a quality control by experts.
  3. For articles/journals (tidsskrift), you can check the level of the journal on the webpage of the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. You can use journals with level 1 or 2, do not use articles from journals that do not have a level. Level 1 journals are good, level 2 journals are great.
  4. There are many great sources of information out there, so be sure to choose the ones that are also relevant to your work.
  5. Do your own quality check if you use sources that are not found in our databases, e.g. websites. Check the author, ask yourself what the intention of this person/organization is. The Citation Compass (Kildekompasset) gives you plenty of more detailed help in both Norwegian and English - choose the type of source you want to evaluate and read more about it.

The Citation Compass

Wondering how to critically evaluate your sources? Check out the Citation Compass for tips on evaluating your sources and much more.