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Google Scholar is a great starting place for initial research. Unlike a regular Google search, Google Scholar attempts to connect you with more scholarly content than information typically found on the web. Because of this you will get links to abstracts of articles published by leading journals in the fields of Kinesiology, sports medicine, exercise, and more.
Need an article published in an academic journal from another library? No problem - use our Interlibrary Loan service to get the materials you need! Fill out the Article Request form and we will find the article and send it to you as a PDF via email when it is available.
Most of the time when searching for information on Google Scholar you will be connected with the article record from the publishers website. You can use the same evaluation criteria you use when reviewing an article from a library database to determine if articles from the web are peer-reviewed. See if you can easily identify the author, journal the article was published in, author credentials, etc.
Below are a few other things to keep in mind when evaluating information published on the web.
Is the information timely, updated regularly, and appropriate for your information need (i.e. do you need current information for your research)?
Is the information relevant and useful for your information need?
Can you find an easily identified author or sponsoring organization or publisher?
Is the information correct and reliable? Are you able to verify any of the facts being presented to ensure what you are looking at is truthful?
Why was the information written; why does it exist?
For more information on web information evaluation see the detailed sheet from the Meriam Library at the California State University, Chico.
Accessing Articles from the Web