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Transcript of COM104
Know your Source
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
Use technical language
Include full citations for sources
(reviewed by an editor and other experts before being accepted for publication)
Contain detailed research findings and expert opinions
Three Steps to Better
Know Where to Look
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?
Scholarly = Academic
Peer reviewed= Refereed
Reference = Citation