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EGL 100 - English Composition

Share your sources

Share an example of a source you found for your topic. It could be a wild, "out there" article or it could be from a more reputable publication. We'll evaluate these together.

Share the url, title, publication name, author, date, etc (whatever information you have): https://forms.gle/ab7LCMiR9TnV4Yf5A

How do you evaluate your sources? (Starr, Section 3)

Here we'll share evaluation criteria with each other and try out some new techniques!

  • Funding source? Where is the money coming from? - research the organization (Wikipedia, for example)
  • Author - research their credentials & background - are they experts on the topic/know what they're talking about?
  • Is the author biased in some way? - look at their website, past work, where they've been published before, social media accounts (Twitter, for example)
  • Are the sources cited? Are the sources of data/information credible?
  • Timeliness - is the timeframe appropriate to the topic?
  • Web domains - .edu = educational institution, .gov = government website (.org or .com - anyone can get one)
  • What type of source is it? opinion? news? research article? think tank report? obituary? 
  • Has it been cited? (google scholar tool)
  • Use the library databases!
  • Can you find corroborating evidence? Are there other sources covering the same topic?

How do you evaluate your sources? (Starr, Section 3)

Here we'll share evaluation criteria with each other and try out some new techniques!

  • Who is the author? Are they credible?
  • Search / background check on author - what else have they written about? has their work been published by well-known/credible publications? Are they writing about their area of expertise? What is their research background?
  • What is the reputation of the publication?
  • For websites, what is the url? Anyone can register a .org or .com website. (.edu and .gov are more restricted)
  • Are they citing their sources? Can you find their sources?
  • If it's a research article, did it go through a peer review process?
  • How recently was it published? Does the time frame match your information need?

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