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English 160 &161: Introduction to Library Research

Source Activity

Take 5-7 minutes to look at the sources below with your partner or group. Analyze each source and find some similarities and differences. Things to consider include the following:

  • STRUCTURE: Compare the physical characteristics of the items, such as length, sections, labeling, & graphics
  • TONE/STYLE: What does the writing style reflect about the purpose/intended audience of the article?
  • PURPOSE: To inform? Educate? Entertain? What audience is it aimed at?
  • EVIDENCE: What support is given for arguments or claims?
  • AUTHOR: What can you tell about the author and their credentials/affiliations?

We'll discuss the sources together when you're finished. 

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