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Writing from Sources Part. I. Making sources your own -- 1. Reading for understanding -- Part. II. Presenting sources to others -- 2. Summarizing sources -- 3. Quoting sources -- Reasons for quoting -- 1.Quoting for support -- 2. Quoting vivid or technical language -- 3. Quoting another writer to comment on the quotation -- 4.Quoting to gain distance -- 4.Paraphrasing sources -- Part. III. Writing from sources -- 5. The single-source essay -- 6. The Multiple-source essay -- Part. IV. Writing the research essay -- 7. Finding sources -- 8. Evaluating sources -- 9. Writing the research essay -- 10. Acknowledging sources -- 11. Two research essays -- 12. Some basic forms for documentation: MLA, APA, and Endnotes.
Call Number: 808.042 SPAT
See chapter 8 for an excellent overview on evaluating print and online sources of information.
What is a Scholarly Article?
Evaluating Internet Resources
It is important to evaluate any information you find on the Internet as a lot of online information does not go through a review process. This means it is not checked by editors and experts in the subject area for accuracy.
Here are some questions you can ask to help you evaluate a web-based resource:
- Is a year or date of creation displayed on the web page (usually at the bottom of the page)?
- When was the information last updated?
- How old is the information on the web page?
Authority - Individual Authors
- Who has written or contributed to the web page (usually in an About Me link)?
- What qualifications or professional positions does the writer hold?
- Are the author's qualifications and experience relevant to the subject being written about?
- What other publications has the author been involved in?
Authority - Organisations
- Which organisation has published the web page (Click on the About Us link)?
- Is it a commercial or non-profit organisation?
- Is there a political, commercial or other agenda for publishing the material?
- Does the author provide supporting evidence for their claims?
- Is the author's argument presented in a logical manner?
- Does the author use neutral language?
- Is there a bibliography or list of references at the end of the web page?
Evaluating Your Sources
Watch this video to learn how to apply the CRAAP test when evaluating your sources.
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