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English 102 - Leising: Evaluating Sources

How do I tell if this is a good source?

The following are some good guidelines for recognizing what type of source (scholarly, popular, political, etc.) you are reading and for evaluating its relevance and usefulness to your topic and your research process in general. 

1. Authorship

2. Currency

3. Publishing Body

4. Point of View or Bias

5. References to Other Sources

6. Relevance to Topic and Assignment

7. Format, Organization, Appearance

Image: George Williams. Finding, Evaluating, and Using Sources, 2009. Flickr Creative Commons. 30 August 2010.

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