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Elements from the Geochemical Society
EOS from the American Geophysical Union
Geology Today from the Geologists' Association and the Geological Society of London
Archeology Magazine from the Archeological Institute of America
Geophysical Research Letters is a leading journal for the geosciences.
Annual Reviews are journals that publish review articles (overviews of a topic).
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Identify the author and the audience of the source.
That will help you decide whether the source is journalism, outreach, science news, or scholarship.
Look for primary and secondary sources.
Your sources should be written or reviewed by an expert in the field. That includes new research in a reputable journal, government documents, research reports, news reports filed by reporters (not analysis or opinion, and interviews.
A secondary source is an authoritative analysis of a primary source. Examples are review articles, scholarly analysis, and textbooks.
Dig as deep as you can.
Look up words, phrases, or concepts you don't know. Find more information about the authors of the sources. Is it written by someone who does research in that field? What is their field/department? Is it written by a science writer, aka a journalist who reports on research?