Rules differ by discipline. Start with the general rules below and contact your subject specialist / Liaison Librarian for more help.
Scholarly sources are judged based in part on the following criteria:
Scholarly sources: includes academic, peer-reviewed and refereed sources. These are sources written by experts in their field. Scholarly sources can be in any format including books, journal articles and websites.
Peer reviewed / refereed: An article that has been peer reviewed has been reviewed by other experts in the field before publication. Used almost exclusively in reference to journal articles.
Norms may vary by discipline, start with the general guidelines below and follow up for more specific guidance from a subject specialist / liaison Librarian.
Telling good health information from bad on the web is a major issue of concern. There are multiple guides available to help searchers tell the difference, here are a few:
Evaluating Health Information Online - Canadian Public Health Association
Evaluating Health Information - A collection of resources from the National Library of Medicine
Found a good source but have questions about how you can use it?
Check out the Copyright Information subject guide for tips. If, after browsing the guide, you still have questions contact MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca or by phone 403.440.6618.