EDUC 6125 Discussion Evaluating a Resource


As you learned from this week’s resources, there are many academic, library, and Internet databases you can use to search for resources related to your research topic. The resources also suggest a process for searching and criteria for screening the resources you find. In this Discussion, you will share ideas about how to develop your own process and criteria that takes into consideration your final goal: finding the most relevant resources that will help you to complete you literature review and address your research questions.

To prepare for this activity, look ahead to the Course Project assignments for this week (Annotated Resource List) and in Week 4 (Review of Literature). Explore the Walden Library for resources as directed in this week’s Course Project assignment. After conducting a preliminary search, select one of the resources that you determined was not sufficiently credible to use in your literature review. How did you determine that you could not use it? Against what criteria were you evaluating the resource?


Post the APA citation of the resource and a brief description of its contents. Then evaluate the resource as it relates to your research questions or problem statement. Describe how you came to the conclusion that you should not use this resource for your literature review. Be sure to refer to this week’s resources to support your response.


Fink, A. (2020). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper (5th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Chapter 1, “Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How?”
    • Read all sections beginning with “Gaining Control: Experiments and Observations” through “Summary of Key Points.”

  • Chapter 2, “Searching and Screening: The Practical Screen and Methodological Quality”
    • “Purpose of This Chapter”
    • “Search Screen 1: The Practical Screen”
Locke, L. F., Silverman, S. J., & Spirduso, W. W. (2009). Reading and understanding research (3rd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Chapter 2, “When to Believe What You Read: The Sources of Credibility”
    • Begin reading at “Believing What You Read in Research: The Foundations of Trust” through the end of the chapter.
  • Chapter 5, “Types of Research: An Overview of Variety”
    • “Generic Issues in Research”
Engle, M. (2014). Evaluating web sites: Criteria and tools. Retrieved from
Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
Document: Distinguishing Between Primary and Secondary Sources (PowerPoint presentation)
Document: Writing a Review of Literature (Word document)


Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Conducting a literature review [Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 10 minutes.
In this program, Dr. Michael Patton explains the purpose of a literature review and points out common errors to avoid when undertaking a literature review.


Fink, A. (2020). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper (5th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Excerpt from Chapter 1, “Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How?” (pp. 98-100)
Review of Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
Education Research: Lit review. Retrieved from
Numerous examples of reviews of literature are available at the Walden Library. Conduct a search for “review of literature” in any of the education databases.


Requirements: 2pg

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