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COM104

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Alyssa Wright

on 28 March 2016

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Transcript of COM104

Types of Sources
Know your Source
Popular Sources
Uses language easily understood by general readers

Rarely gives full citations for sources

Often written by journalists or professional writers

Useful for finding facts and opinions
Scholarly Sources
Use technical language

Include full citations for sources

Often
peer reviewed
(reviewed by an editor and other experts before being accepted for publication)

Contain detailed research findings and expert opinions
Search Smart
Evaluate
Three Steps to Better
Research

Flush
Know Where to Look
Library Guides
Databases
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When was the information published or last updated?

Is it up-to-date enough for your topic?
Does it help you prove your point or answer your research question?

Is it appropriate for your audience? (i.e. not too elementary or advanced)
Who is the author/publisher/sponsor; what are their credentials; are they qualified to write on this topic?

Will your audience recognize them as a credible source?
Does it provide citations or evidence?

Can you verify the facts by checking another source?
Is it intended to do something other than inform? (i.e. sell, persuade, entertain)

Is it free of political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
http://libguides.wvu.edu/comm-104
FYI:

Scholarly = Academic

Peer reviewed= Refereed
Trade Sources
Reference = Citation
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