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English 160 &161: Introduction to Library Research

Useful databases

Evaluating Sources

Research is a conversation in which you engage with, interpret, synthesize and challenge different sources, ultimately adding your own voice to the conversation. The web is full of different source types that contribute different perspectives to the conversation, some more scholarly than others.

Instructions: Look at the source assigned to your group, and consider:

  • Who is the author? (Find more information)
  • What type of publication is this? (Find more information)
  • Who is the intended audience of this source?
  • What type of writing is this? (Look at format and language)
  • Does the author admit bias or seem committed to a viewpoint, and is that OK?

Based on this information, discuss with your group (and try to come to a consensus) whether your source might be useful for a research paper.  Why/why not? If you would use it, *how* would you use it?