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Questions to Address in Evaluating your Source
Please read through the following questions, and then open your source and read through it, answering these questions with your group as you go along.
Questions to Answer about your Popular Source
- How does your popular source represent the findings of the research that it's talking about? What does the popular article suggest is the most important finding of the scholarly research?
- From what source is your popular article? Can you find any information on the source that might inform your evaluation of this piece?
- Who is the author of your article? Look them up at your source and/or Google them and write down what you can find out about them - what do you consider their level of credibility and authority to be?
- What type of review process did your source undergo? Has it been evaluated by scholars in a particular subject area (i.e. peer-reviewed)? Has it been evaluated by an editor or a publisher?
- Are there any critiques of the scholarly research within your popular source?
- Are there any opinions or assumptions present in this piece? If so, give an example or two.
- Answer as a group after you discuss your responses to questions 1-6: What is your overall evaluation of this source and its credibility?