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Earth Sciences *: How to Read a Scientific Paper

This is the primary Earth Sciences guide to support teaching and research for the Earth Sciences through the doctoral level and beyond.

How to Read a Scientific Paper


Evaluate the Resources

You may hear of different methods for evaluating the resources you locate. One method is the CRAAP method. 

Currency - how recent is the information?

Relevance - does the resource address your information need?

Authority - who is the author and are they expert in the field?

Accuracy - is the information reliable?

Purpose - what is the information used for? Why did the authors study this area?