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1123 evaluatingsources Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Evaluating Sources
  • 2. To evaluate sources effectively:Read sources purposefully and takepurposeful notes.Question the credibility, reliability,perspective, and persuasive intent of eachsource you consider.Think critically about Web sources.
  • 3. Read with a purpose:Are you seeking out an overview of an issue, adetailed description of an event that relates to theissue, a strong editorial opinion on the issue, expertanalysis of the issue? Seek sources with a purpose.When you gather sources, be sure that each servesa purpose related to your project; select themcarefully, then extract from them what you need.Read with your own goals in mind.
  • 4. Relevant questions:What was the author’s purpose in writingthis piece?What might be my purpose in using thispiece?
  • 5. Question each source:Who is the writer? What else has this person written?What is the source’s genre? Who is the intended audience?What is the author’s purpose? How is the writer trying tochange the reader’s view of the topic?What is the author’s vantage point or bias on this topic?What facts, data, and other evidence does this author cite?What are the author’s underlying values and beliefs?Has anything been omitted or censored from this text?
  • 6. Take purposeful notes.Record bibliographical information: DO ITWHILE THE SOURCE IS IN FRONT OFYOU!! Use the tools at your fingertips torecord the relevant information. PRINTentire articles from databases and Websources.
  • 7. Purposeful notes...Summarize the argument of each source orthe relevant content each source provides.To avoid plagiarism, put any exact languageinto quotation marks when you are takingnotes AND be sure to use all originalwording when you do not take word forword notes from the source.
  • 8. Purposeful notes...As you consider a source, take notes of your ownideas as they occur to you.Consider recording notes in two documents open atthe same time or on two separate pages open atonce: one for informal notes and your ownresponses and ideas; the other for formal notes ofthe source’s words and ideas.
  • 9. Evaluate for reliability.When we ask if a source is reliable, we are asking ifthe source provides accurate facts and statistics,presents evidence honestly (rather than skewing it infavor of one position), acknowledges conflicts ofopinion or controversies related to the issue, etc.For example, is an author reliable who writes anessay arguing that watching television damageschildren’s psychological health, and cites statisticsgathered in a survey sponsored by People for theEradication of Television to support the claim?
  • 10. Evaluate credibility.Is the author qualified to write on the topic?What are the author’s credentials? Whatconnection does the author have to the topic orissue at hand?
  • 11. Evaluate the source’s perspective.Where is this writer coming from? This is akey question each time you consider asource.What is this writer’s political perspective?What values and beliefs underly everythingthis writer commits to paper?
  • 12. Evaluate the source’s intent.To what extent is the author clearly taking apersuasive stance on a contested position asopposed to adopting a more neutral andexploratory tone regarding the topic?To what extent is the author invested in persuadingthe reader as opposed to seeking truth? Considerselection of evidence, interpretation of data, andfairness to opposing views.
  • 13. Think critically about Web sources.The World Wide Web is not a library and allsources are not equal, so use the Websparingly and cautiously when gatheringsources for any serious, academic endeavor,and do note your instructor or professor’sattitude toward Web based sources and actaccordingly.
  • 14. Types of Web sites:.com = commercial sites.org = nonprofit organizations.edu = educational sites.gov or. mil sites = government agency,military units
  • 15. Evaluate these sources:http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/lord-byronhttp://neuroticpoets.com/byron/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byronhttp://www.internationalbyronsociety.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1http://www.shmoop.com/lord-byron/