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WR 122: Written Reasoning as a Process of Argument

College Composition II

Step 4 - Why evaluate sources?

Green document icon from Noun ProjectEvaluating sources is an important step of the research process. The evidence you choose to use for your research should accurately support what you are trying to argue and it should lend credibility to your work. If you cherry pick your sources, or find quotes that "kind of" fit in your paper, that can have the opposite effect.

How to Read a Scholarly Article (Video Tutorial)

Check out this short video from Western University on how to read a scholarly article.

Evaluating with 6 Question Words Infographic

6 Question Words

Long description of "Evaluating Information" for web accessibility

Thanks to IUPUI University Library for allowing reuse of this graphic under a Creative Commons license.

Distinguishing Scholarly from Popular Sources (UO video tutorial)

Check out this video from UO Libraries about distinguishing scholarly vs. popular sources of information.

Step 4 - Pause to Reflect

Person icon with thought bubbleWhen evaluating sources of information for accuracy and credibility, there are many aspects of the source that you can consider.  One source that might not fit your research question could still be useful to someone else, so it's not helpful to think about "good" or "bad" sources. Most importantly, if a resource is from a trustworthy author or organization and helps you answer your research question, then you have identified a useful source. Please contact your instructor or a librarian if you would like more help!

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