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Engl 106: Reading Culture (Tremblay-McGaw): Types of Sources

Types of Sources

Examples of Possible Sources for studying your topic.

  • Tweets or other social media
  • Newspapers
  • News websites
  • Blogs
  • Government websites (e.g., Justice Dept.)
  • News magazine articles (e.g., Time, Newsweek)
  • Scholarly journal articles (e.g., Journal of Communications)
  • Statistics
  • Documentaries / Films
  • Dissertations
  • Books
  • Wikipedia
  • Youtube videos

Questions to Answer

Choose one source from the middle box and answer the following questions. 

1. What type of source is this?  Choose from the sources listed in the left column.

2. Is the information current?

3. Is the information presented:

  • Factual
  • Opinion / Analysis
  • Mix of factual and opinion/analysis
  • A different type of evidence
  • Cannot tell from limited information

4. Does the source tell you anything about the author's credentials? If so, what?

5. From the limited information available, do you think this source is:

  • Highly biased
  • Moderately biased
  • Slightly biased
  • Unbiased

6.Who is the audience for this source?

7. What is one strength of your source?

8. What is one weakness of your source?