Reputable Research Support
What is a Literature Review Paper?
Before you begin, make sure you know exactly what a literature review paper is and is not by reading the handout by SJSU MLK Library HERE.
What is Primary Literature, also known as a Peer Reviewed Journal Article, or PRJ?
Also, make sure you know what a Peer Reviewed Journal Article is, discussed more HERE
How Do You Know It Is Reputable?
Deciding between reputable vs non-reputable information/resources starts with learning some guidelines on credibility. is a great place to start. Then you can do a deeper dive with Crash Course Media Literacy at
There is no perfect rule for reputability/credibility and it is up to the user to decide based on guidelines. Just like you decide on whether or not to eat rotten vs un-rotten food based on rules you learned about fresh food. You must learn to decide between rotten and reputable resources.
Get the support you need with the hyperlinks below and tutorial videos. The SJSU MLK Library is used as an example because many of their robust resources are free to the public, but it is a similar process no matter which campus you are on. SJSU MLK Library is a joint venture with the City of San Jose, which means you can access journal databases for free if you are physically on campus. If you are off-campus, you must be a student or staff to access. For more information on off campus SJSU access please see:
Are You Ready to Cite in Our Required CSE Name Year Style? Click HERE