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Finding & Evaluating Sources

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Stephanie Williams

on 31 January 2017

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Transcript of Finding & Evaluating Sources

Why do we need sources?
Generally, using sources (ethically and effectively) adds credibility to your work

Research Project (assignment may not have "research" in title)
Purpose to inform: adds ethos when your research is comprehensive
Purpose to persuade: add ethos when your research supports your stance
Rhetorical Analysis
You must source what you're analyzing
You must source background information not present in argument
Types of Research
Degree of Editorial Review
Degree of Stability
Degree of Advocacy
Degree of Authority

Thinking rhetorically about types
Answer 2 questions on every source:
1. Who is the author?
2. What is the text about? What is the quality of the information (i.e., how balanced, thoughtful and research-based is it)?
3. When was it published or last updated?
4. Why was it published?
5. Where was it published?
6. How accurate is the information in it?
Evaluating sources with your purpose in mind
Finding & Evaluating Sources
Library Research (library catalog)
print and electronic (databases)
Web or internet research
Field or empirical research
STAR Criteria
S
ufficient
T
ypical
A
ccurate
R
eliable
For Composition I
Corresponds (somewhat) to chapter 19
of
The McGraw-Hill Guide
Types of Sources
Books
Academic Journals (Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Sources)
Newspapers
Trade or Commercial Magazines
Public Affairs Magazines
Specialty Magazines
Internet Sources (which can be virtual of any of the above)

Why do we care what type?
Field Research
Interviews
Observations
Experiments
Surveys
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