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It doesn't matter if you can find a quality source if you aren't able to identify whether that source fits your information needs. By interpreting your assignment and taking a step back to think about your needs, you will be able to evaluate what you have found to determine its relevance to your needs.
sources that provide overviews to help you gain understanding
opinions on a topic
sources that share points of views on a topic
facts to support your statements
research articles, data sources, or statistical resources
first-person narratives or case studies
an expert's take
scholarly research articles, books, or other works written by someone who has demonstrated expertise
the latest information
newspapers or websites
Evaluating Sources--Rhetorical Triangle
Evaluating Sources, start by asking three questions...
1. Author: Who is the author?
What do you know about the author?
Is he/she trustworthy? Why?
What else has he/she written on the subject?
2. Audience: Who is the intended audience?
Who is the target audience?
What is the audience’s interest in the subject?
What does the audience know about the subject?
How would the audience feel about the subject?
3. Purpose: What is the purpose?
What specific information is the writer conveying?
Is the writer trying to convince you of something?
Is the writer trying to sell something?
*Adapted from the University Writing Program Northern Arizona University