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Rhetoric 306/309

Evaluate Sources

Evaluate Sources

Evaluate every source, no matter how you found it, using these guidelines:

Credibility: 
Who is the author? Is he/she an expert on the subject, a representative from a credible organization, a columnist for a newspaper? What gives the author authority to represent that side of the controversy?  (ex: US Secretary of Commerce? A lawyer? A reporter for a student newspaper?)

TIP: If there is no information on the author, try a web search on that person and the publication

Bias: 
Does the source (newspaper, magazine, web site) generally lean to one side of controversies (examples: liberal vs. conservative; free market economics vs. government regulated economy)?

Evidence:
How is the author supporting her claims? Can you find this information elsewhere to confirm its accuracy and credibility?

Currency: 
Are you considering the most up to date research on your topic?

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