When you read a text, start asking three questions:
Author: When you read a text, try to find out as much about the author as you possibly can:
When you write your own papers, you will need to convince your reader about your own trustworthiness and credibility the same way that you need to satisfy your own curiosity about the author of a text you read.
Audience: There are many different types of audiences. When you read a text, it is important to know who the intended audience is. When you write a text, it is integral to know who your readers are. Identify the audience based on the following questions:
Purpose: When reading, think of the specific purpose as to why the author is writing it. Writers can have numerous purposes which change from situation to situation and audience to audience. Ask yourself these questions:
*Adapted from the University Writing Program Northern Arizona University
Jimmy 'Jimbo' Wales has warned students not to refer to Wikipedia, reports the US education weekly The Chronicle.
Wales said that he gets about 10 e-mail messages a week from students who complain that Wikipedia has earned them fail grades.
"They say, 'Please help me. I got an F on my paper because I cited Wikipedia'" and the information turned out to be wrong, he says. But he said he has no sympathy for their plight, noting that he thinks to himself: "For God sake, you're in college; don't cite the encyclopedia," the journal reports.
Orlowski, Andrew. "Avoid Wikipedia, warns Wikipedia chief." The Register. 15 June 2006. Web. 19 June 2014 <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/15/