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Resources for Writing Center Tutors

This guide was created for the Writing Center Tutors at Stetson University in January 2017. Updated August 2022.

Evaluating & Fact-Checking Sources

You found a source that looks great, but is it credible?

Websites to Help Debunk Fake News

Media Bias Sites
Fact Check Sites
Reliable Medical and Health Information

Is it Peer Reviewed?

Not sure if your article is peer reviewed? Look for these clues:

Author. The author's credentials & institution should be listed. Authors of peer reviewed articles typically have graduate degrees and are a faculty member at a university.

Abstract. Many peer reviewed articles begin with an abstract, which is a paragraph summarizing the research.

Audience. Peer reviewed articles are written for scholars, researchers, & students who are knowledgeable about the topic, and likely use specialized terminology.

Purpose. What is the purpose of the article? Does the author want to support findings of a research project, present a case study, make an argument that is supported by evidence or research, etc.?

References. Peer reviewed articles typically include a bibliography that cites other peer reviewed sources.

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