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Engineering 100: Evaluating Resources

Provides resources for Engineering 100 students including guidance on annotated bibliographies.

When to use Resources


background and preliminary information, definitions of key terminology and concepts


current information, expert or popular opinion



Magazines & Journals

research findings (scholarly journals), news, trends, and products (trade journals), popular culture (magazines)


detailed analysis of a topic, background or historical information, refer to bibliographies for additional resources

Technical Reports

detailed description of the process for completing specific technical work, research, or a project, may not be peer reviewed

Streaming Video

detailed visual illustration of processes, technical terms, and concepts

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Evaluating Scholarly Resources

As a student and contributor to WVU’s knowledge base, you are expected to use the most appropriate scholarly resources (peer reviewed).

  • Credibility--who is the author and their affiliation and why was the article written
  • Timeliness--whether or not a resource is up-to-date and/or maintained
  • Relevancy--whether the resource is appropriate, or related, to the research you are conducting

Evaluating Web Resources

Use a limited number of reputiable websites for your research: .gov, .edu, .org. 

Ask yourself

  • Who is the author?
  • What is their bias?
  • Is the website well-organized and professional?
  • How good is the spelling?
  • Is the information up-to-date?

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MoW on CSX 4  

"MoW on CSX 4" by jpmueller, on Flickr, January 9, 2008.