Peer-reviewed

While mostly important in the academic sense it seems appropriate to cover here as well: the consideration of what a peer-reviewed source is and why it may be important.

The basic concept of a peer-reviewed source is that a group of qualified people, usually recognized scholars of a particular subject, have looked at the information presented and compared it with what is already known or excepted about the subject[1]. If the information presented doesn’t seem to fit with the commonly held understanding, then the information is looked into and verified.

When an article is published in a peer-reviewed manner there are extra sets of eyes that ensure validity. Most things published by Universities fall into this category.

[1] http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/research/peer_review.html

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