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Prof. Norbury - English 101 - Fall 2023: Evaluating Sources

Choosing sources is essentially comparison shopping. Give thought to the basis for comparison. When buying a cellphone you consider cost, storage, size, operating system, and so on.

What features can you weigh and compare when it comes to articles for a research project?

Keep track of how each source is useful comparatively

Identify at least the minimum number of sources required for the assignment, preferably 1-2 more than the minimum to afford you some valuable power of choice.
Evaluate the relative usefulness of the potential sources.... usefulness to your purpose. You are tasked with developing and supporting a thesis in your essay or paper. Each source you select must contribute to the whole in a significant fashion.
Consider using a chart to help you keep track of the ways each source is unique and useful.

Source evaluation chart

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