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ENG 200s: Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

How an individual reasons from evidence to claims to arguments is often influenced by both rational and emotional factors, elements of one’s identity, and values and belief systems. Only by keeping your personal biases in check can one truly begin to evaluate information for credibility. 

The below checklist, called IF I APPLY, walks you through this process.

 Personal steps
 Identify emotions attached to topic.
 Find unbiased reference sources for proper review of topic. (Go to Credo Reference.)
 Intellectual courage to seek authoritative voices on topic that may be outside of thesis.

 Source steps
 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?

Evaluating Webpage as Sources 

Click on the above link to visit UCBerkeley's guide on how to effectively evaluate webpages to use as sources in your research project. (First, check with your professor to make sure you are allowed to use webpages as sources.)