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Evaluating Sources--Rhetorical Triangle

Evaluating Sources

When you read a text, start asking three questions:

  • Who is the author of the text?

  • Who is the intended audience for the text?

  • What is the purpose of the text?

 

 

Author: When you read a text, try to find out as much about the author as you possibly can:

  • 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?  

 

 

Audience: When you read a text, it is important to know who the intended audience is. Identify the audience based on these questions:

  • 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?

 

Purpose: Writers have specific purposes when writing. Ask yourself these questions: 

  • What is the writer’s purpose for writing the article?

  • 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