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How Do I Evaluate Sources?

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Transcript of How Do I Evaluate Sources?

Quality
You want only the choice cuts for your research paper. If
the material isn’t of the highest quality, it won’t support your thesis, convince your readers of your point, or stand up
under your reader’s scrutiny. In fact, it will have just the
opposite effect. That’s why it’s important to evaluate the
quality of every source before you decide to include it in your research paper.

The old maxim is true: you can’t judge a book by its cover. You have to go deeper. Here’s how to do it.
(Each of the following guidelines holds true for online, print, and media sources.)
Bias
Every source is biased, because every source has a point of view. Bias is not necessarily bad, as long as you recognize i as such and take it into account as you evaluate and us the source.
Appropriateness
Even if a source does pass the first two tests and proves to be of high quality and free from bias, it does not necessarily mean that the source belongs to your research paper. For a source to make the final cut, it has to fit with your audience, purpose, and tone. It must be appropriate to your paper.
A Special Note on Evaluating
Internet Sources
Be especially careful when you evaluate Web sites because they can be difficult to authenticate and validate.
Unlike most print resources such as magazines and journals that go through a filtering process (e.g., editing, peer review), information on the web is mostly unfiltered. What does this mean for you? Here’s the scoop: using and citing information found on Web sites is a little like swimming on a beach without a lifeguard.
HEADER, BODY, AND FOOTER

Within each of these pieces,you should be able to determine the following vital elements for evaluating information:

1. Author or contact person.
2. Link to local home page.
3. Date of creation or revision.
4. Intended audience.
5. Purpose of the information.
6. Access.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
• Critical Evaluation of Resources.
• Evaluate Web Resources.
• Evaluating Credibility of Information on the Internet.
• Evaluating Information found on the Internet.
• Evaluating Information: Some questions to help you judge Online Information.
• Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources.
BOGUS CLAIMS
A claim can be considered bogus or false, when the speaker promises more than he or she can deliver.

LOADED TERMS
Suspect sources may use “loaded terms” to make their
point.

MISREPRESENTATION
This type of bias takes many forms. First, a writer or
speaker can lie outright. Or, a writer may be more subtle,
inventing false data or “facts.”


How Do I Evaluate Sources?
Quality
Thank you for attention
Abdulrahman Hassan Dandini#8110059
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