Identify emotions attached to topic.
Find unbiased reference sources for proper review of topic (such as Credo Reference).
Intellectual courage to seek authoritative voices on topic that may be outside of thesis.
Authority established. Does the author have education and experience in that field?
Purpose/Point of view of source. Does the author have an agenda beyond education or information?
Publisher? Does the publisher have an agenda?
List of sources (bibliography). Is the evidence sound?
Year of publication. Does the year of publication effect the information?
|Human Events||Time||Mother Jones|
|National Review||US News & World Report||Nation|
|New American||USA Today Magazine||New Republic|
Below is a news investigation about a notable former faculty member, Anoop Shankar, from WVU. He worked there, conducted research, and was nominated for prestigious awards. The professor who was responsible for reviewing Shankar's research, publications, and accomplishments noticed some inconsistencies and a scandal has unfolded.
Read the report from NBC news: Ivory Tower Phony? Sex, Lies and Fraud Alleged in W. Va. University Case
Test your research skills by locating articles that Anoop Shankar published. Does his research have an impact on West Virginia residents?
Below is a brief article that describes some features of liberal/conservative/moderate publications. Remember to include different viewpoints in your research.