Unit 8: Evaluating Books & Articles
Lesson 11: Sources
Consider the sources listed in the book or article you have found. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if the resource contains information from credible resources.
- Does the author cite his or her information? Does the author cite information gleaned from other resources using in-text citations? Are the sources credible? Are the citations clear and consistent? Be suspicious of resources that do not include citations within the body of the work.
- Does the author include a bibliography? Does the author include a list of works cited or bibliography? Does the bibliography reflect a comprehensive overview of published works on the subject? Are the citations clear and consistent? Bibliographies authenticate information contained in the resource. Be suspicious of resources that do not conclude with a bibliography.
- Did the author use reliable sources? Did the author use primary or secondary sources, or a combination of both? Did the author consult a variety of scholarly resources to support his or her arguments? Did the author use the latest information available?
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