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Kinesiology/EXHP: Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Articles

As you read articles you found to support your research, you should consider the following criteria:

  • Purpose of the Article - Why was the article written? Is the author(s) discussing research, expressing an opinion, or trying to persuade you to do something?
    • Check to see who funded the research 
  • Authority of the Article - Who is the author/publisher/sponsor of the article or research? Is the author qualified to write on this topic?
    • Check to see who funded the research 
  • Currency of the Article - When was the information published? Does your topic require current information or older information?
  • Relevancy of the Article - Does the information relate to your topic? How well does this article meet your research needs?
  • Accuracy of the Article - Does the author provide information to support the article's claims? Has the information been peer-reviewed? Are there grammar and spelling errors?

What are scholarly articles?

What are scholarly articles? What's peer-reviewed? What's a refereed article? 

  • A scholarly (or peer-reviewed or refereed) article is an article that was written by experts in a particular discipline. These types of articles are reviewed by other experts in the field before they are published. A few examples are the American Journal of Psychology, Contemporary Literature, and Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging.

Why do I have to use scholarly articles in my paper?

  • Since scholarly articles have been reviewed by experts they are more reliable an credible than articles in popular resources. 
  • Scholarly articles also introduce you to research methods and practices for your field.
  • Scholarly articles have bibliographies, which can often provide you with related articles to further expand your search.

Examples of a peer-reviewed Kinesiology/EXHP journals: 

Kinesiology Review is the official, peer-reviewed publication of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American Kinesiology Association. 

Sports Biomechanics is the scientific journal of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS). The journal sets out to generate knowledge to improve human performance and reduce the incidence of injury, and to communicate this knowledge to scientists, coaches, clinicians, teachers, and participants. 


An Example of a Kinesiology Trade Magazines:

Kinesiology Today magazine  is a quarterly publication of the American Kinesiology Association.  KT features informative articles on current research in the field of kinesiology

Popular, Trade, or Scholarly?