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IB Program - Pensacola High School


Identifying the Types of Information Needed

There are lots of different types and formats of information, ranging from scholarly articles and academic books to popular websites and online blogs.  It's important to understand the wide variety of information and the purpose each type serves in order to identify, evaluate, and/or cite the sources you use in your research. 

Evaluating Information from the Web

When using web sources in your research, it is imperative that you critically evaluate the information to make sure it is authoritative and credible.  Critical evaluation means careful and exact thinking - it means looking for public forms of evidence rather than simply accepting what we are told or our own biased intuitions.

Finding a Scholarly Article

Scholarly articles are generally not freely available on the open web - rather, they are usually accessed through subscription databases at the library. 

Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Articles

There are 3 basic categories of articles, each designed for a particular audience. Scholarly articles are written for a scholarly audience, trade articles are written for a professional audience, and popular articles are written for a general audience. 

What is an Argumentative Research Paper?

Creating an Annotated Bibliography

Watch this brief video for help creating an annotated bibliography:

Locating Documents Using Citations

Reviewing a Bibliography or Reference List is a great method for identifying additional sources on a particular topic.  It's also important to understand the anatomy of a citation so that you know what you're looking for.

Research Process