The ability to critically evaluate the information in a periodical article is an important skill. Simply finding an article on a given topic is not enough. You must read the article critically. This is a list of possible questions to assist you when using articles in your research. Who is the author? Can you determine the author's background, experience, credentials, or expertise? Is the author qualified to write this article? What type of source is it? Is the publication popular or scholarly? A newspaper? Electronic? Is the article part of a conference proceedings? Who publishes the periodical - a professional organization? The government? A scholarly organization? A corporation? Is the date of publication relevant to your needs? Is the article discussing current research or issues? Is the article written at an earlier date important to your research? Who is the audience? Is the article written for the general public, specialists, professionals, students, researchers? Does the author's writing style serve the intended audience? What is the article's purpose or thesis? Does the article report the results of a study? Are several points of view presented? Are there any biases or assumptions upon which the article is based? Are they clearly stated? Is the author arguing a particular opinion or viewpoint? How was the data or information obtained? Is the article based on interviews, surveys or questionnaires? Is the article based on library research? Is the article based on observation or laboratory experiments? Is the research methodology explained? Is there a geographic, national or cultural orientation? What are the major findings or conclusions? Is the author persuasive? Do the data support the findings? Do these findings respond to the original research proposal? How do the findings relate to your own research? Do the findings affect your original ideas about the topic? How is the information or data presented? Are there tables, charts, illustrations, formulas? Are they clearly presented? Do these tables, etc. contribute to understanding the article? Are notations and formulas explained? Are references given? Are the bibliographical references, footnotes and quotations adequate? Is the author citing other studies, conference proceedings, or other sources? Do the references provide leads to other related research? How does the study compare with other studies? Did you attempt to locate articles presenting differing opinions and viewpoints on this issue? Do the conclusions support or contradict the existing body of knowledge? What do other experts say? Did the article come from an electronic source? Use the same criteria for evaluating both traditional and electronic sources. Which electronic source (Library database, website, etc) did you use? Can you locate the same article again? Can you identify the path you used? Does the article have an electronic address? Use a DOI (what is that?) if possible to provide a stable link to an online resource. Do you have the complete text of the article or an abstract? Are tables and graphics missing?