ec7 - AuthorsExpertise Thegenreofthesource(,a sc

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 2/5/11 Guidelines for Evaluating Sources Any piece of information can potentially be useful All sources have an agenda The usefulness of a source can depend on the way an  author is going to use it
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 2/5/11 Reliability and Validity Author’s Expertise The genre of the source (is it a personal narrative, a  scholarly article, etc.) The publisher’s credentials Timeliness and accuracy The source’s use of citations
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 2/5/11 Reliability and Validity The “vetting” process the source has gone through How the source deals (or not) with opposing views What is the source’s agenda? What does it want me  to believe/think/do? Potential use of the source
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 2/5/11 Author’s Expertise The credentials of the author How does the author prove that she/he knows  enough about this subject to speak as an expert? Look at author bios, author’s own reference to his/her  credentials, author’s professional affiliations, or list of author’s  other publications How does the author cite sources? Has he/she done  enough research?
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 2/5/11 Author’s Expertise Who are the authors? Are the author(s) the same as the publishers or  reviewers? (e.g., in a blog, the author plays the role  of the publisher/reviewer, although commenters also  can be reviewing the source’s credibility)
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