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Evaluating your sources
How reliable are your sources? Are they the BEST sources for your work?
Ask yourself these 10 questions.
- Who authored the information?
- What expertise does the writer have?
- What evidence is used? Does the writer cite his/her sources?
- What genre is the document: journalism, academic paper, blog, polemic?
- Is the site/document/report funded by an institution?
- What argument is being made?
- When was the text produced?
- Why did this information emerge at this point in history?
- Who is the audience for this information?
- What is not being discussed and what are the political consequences of that absence
(Taken from 'The Google Effect: Googling, blogging, wikis and the flattening of expertise' Tara Brabazon, Libri, 2006, v. 56, pp 157-167)
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