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Engl 106: Reading Culture (Tremblay-McGaw): Evaluating Your Sources

Ingredients of a Credible Source

What are the 3 most important features of a credible source?

  • Reputation of the publication / source
  • Credentials of the author
  • Source is a special interest (e.g., nonprofit, company)
  • Author is unbiased
  • Type of source (e.g. newspaper, book)
  • Information is current
  • Information presented can be verified
  • Lines between facts and opinion is clear
  • Evidence presented supports the conclusion

Exercise

In this exercise, you will find and evaluate two sources for your investigative research paper.  

Complete the form and make sure to click "Send me a copy of my responses"  when you are done.

Finding and Evaluating Sources