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Healthcare Administration (HCR)

What Is Peer-Review?

Peer-reviewed journals go through a rigorous process. Other scholars in the field review articles to ensure they meet scholarly and research standards. 

Peer-reviewed articles and journals are considered 'scholarly' -- they are created by scholars and for scholars.

Note that all peer-reviewed journals are scholarly but all scholarly journals are not peer-reviewed.

Watch this video for more information on Peer-review and types of sources:

OneSearch Video Tutorial

Watch this video to learn how to search OneSearch more effectively.

Website Evaluation Checklist

Use these questions to determine whether the source is credible. Many websites are not "good" or "bad," but somewhere in the middle. These questions will help you decide whether the website is trustworthy.

Who created it?

  • Can you tell who wrote or created the content?
  • Is there an "about us" page?
  • Are they an expert on the topic? How can you tell if they're an expert? [Hint: Google their name to see if you can find out anything else.]

When was it created?

  • When was the web page created? Or do you know when it was last updated?
  • Was it published recently? Can you tell how old the information is? [Hint: For some topics, this is very important.]

Who sponsors the information?

  • Can you tell who funds the web page?
  • What can you tell about the organization sponsoring the information?
  • Do they have any conflicts of interest? [Hint: Google the organization to see if you can find any other information about them.]

Is it relevant?

  • Is the information relevant to your topic or assignment? 
  • What is the purpose of the website or information? Entertainment? Education? Something else?

Using the "Get It" Button

Get It Icon

The Get It button appears when full-text is not available in a particular database. Click the button to search for the full text in the rest of the CSP Library's databases. If full-text is available, you will be provided with a link. If not, you can choose to submit a "Request from another library". We provide more information on how to request partner items on our website.