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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
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
*Engagement with opposing views
*Establishment of premise
*Google Scholar
*Arts and Humanities Citation Index
*Directory of Open Access Journals
What makes a source useful?
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:



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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