blog resource limitations and challenges

Locating literature that is relevant and reliable can be a challenging task. As a researcher, you must be able to know where to find information and how to examine sources for relevancy. For this blog, you consider limitations and/or challenges you encountered while locating resources or while identifying relevance and quality of resources.

Post an explanation of at least one limitation or challenge you encountered when locating resources or identifying the relevance and quality of resources.

Required Resources


  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
    • Chapter 6, “Crediting Sources” (pp. 169–192)
  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J. & Fitzgerald, W. T. (2016). The craft of research (4th ed.). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Chapter 5, “From Problems to Sources” (pp. 65-84)

      This chapter explores different types of resources and the process of locating resources. It also provides criteria for evaluating the relevance and reliability of resources.

    • Chapter 6, “Engaging Sources” (pp. 85-104)

      In this chapter, the authors explain the process of analyzing your resources. They also provide strategies for recording and taking notes on resources.

  • Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2016). The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
    • Chapter 5, “Step Five: Critique the Literature” (pp. 107-132)

      This chapter explores step 5 of the literature review model, “critique the literature.” The chapter explains the concepts or components vital to the process of critiquing literature.

  • Cornell University Library. (2014a). Critically analyzing information sources: Critical appraisal and analysis. Retrieved from

    This Web site provides a guide for evaluating information sources for academic research. This site includes methods for evaluating the publication source as well as the content of the material.

  • Cornell University Library. (2014b). Evaluating web sites: Criteria and tools. Retrieved from

    This Web site focuses on considerations when evaluating the information found on Web sites. This site also provides additional resources and tools to explore for evaluating the informational quality of Web sites.

  • The University of Texas at Austin. (2010). Peer reviewed journals. Retrieved from

    This Web site provides definitions of peer-reviewed or refereed journals. It also describes how you can determine whether a journal or periodical is peer reviewed.

  • Document: Literature Review Guidelines (PDF)

    This document provides basic guidelines used when reviewing literature. In addition, it provides additional resources with suggestions and guidance on literature reviews.

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