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Evaluating Sources: Using the RADAR Framework

The RADAR Framework can help you remember what kinds of questions you should be asking about an information source as you evaluate it for quality and usefulness in your research.

What is citation chasing?

When you find an article or book that is perfect for your research, pay attention to what is being cited in it. Most likely, those sources will also have good information for your research. When you find one great source, always browse the reference list and make note of the other sources that will also be a good fit for your research.

Google Scholar Citation Count

Google Scholar allows you to use the Google search engine to look for scholarly articles instead of browsing the entire web. Look in the bottom left of each result to see the number of times the article has been cited by others.