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Finding and reading sources

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Sukla Chatterjee

on 2 November 2016

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Sources offer reference points which enable us to link to existing literature and support our arguments.
What are sources?
Beware of
confirmation bias
!
“opinion—hasty—often can incline to the wrong side, and then affection for one's own opinion binds, confines the mind.”

St. Thomas Aquinas
(1225-1274)
Reading your Sources

Finding and reading sources
* Reading lists and course bibliographies
* Bibliographies in secondary sources
* Browsing the internet with subject keywords
* Online library catalogues
* Online journal databases
*Institutional databases
Sources are found in a variety of places and media and can be roughly categorized as primary or secondary.
the object of your study
discussions and critical analyses of primary sources
*Background information or facts
*Authority
*Context
*Engagement with opposing views
*Establishment of premise
*Google Scholar
*Arts and Humanities Citation Index
*Directory of Open Access Journals
What makes a source useful?
Finding
Sources
Selecting sources
• How pertinent is the source to your argument?

• How recent is the source?

• How well supported is the argument of the source?

• Do you agree with the point of view?

• How trustworthy is the source?


While reading your sources, it is always helpful to keep detailed notes: to remember what you have read, focus on what is important, and understand the content.
Note-taking strategies are numerous and include:

*Highlighting/Marking

*Summarizing

Analyzing your sources
While reading your sources, keep in mind:
*What is significant?
*What is worth talking about? *What is new?
Unpack the problem, layer by layer and focus on your topic
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