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Additional%20Resource%20-%20Critically%20Analyzing%20Information%20Sources

Additional%20Resource%20-%20Critically%20Analyzing%20Information%20Sources

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olinuris.library.cornell.edu Published on olinuris.library.cornell.edu (http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu) Home > Printer-friendly Critically Analyzing Information Sources Critically Analyzing Information Sources INTRODUCTION INITIAL APPRAISAL: Author Date of Publication Edition or Revision Publisher Title of Journal CONTENT ANALYSIS: Intended Audience Objective Reasoning Coverage Writing Style Evaluative Reviews INTRODUCTION You can begin evaluating a physical information source (a book or an article for instance) even before you have the physical item in hand. Appraise a source by first examining the bibliographic citation. The bibliographic citation is the written description of a book, journal article, essay, or some other published material that appears in a catalog or index. Bibliographic citations characteristically have three main components: author, title, and publication information. These components can help you determine the usefulness of this source for your paper. (In the same way, you can appraise a Web site by examining the home page carefully.) I. INITIAL APPRAISAL A. Author What are the author's credentials--institutional affiliation (where he or she works), educational background, past writings, or experience? Is the book or article written on a topic in the author's area of expertise? You can use the various Who's Who publications for the U.S. and other countries and for specific subjects and the biographical information located in the publication itself to help determine the author's affiliation and credentials. 1. Page 1 of 4 Critically Analyzing Information Sources 1/10/2011 http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/print/3186
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Has your instructor mentioned this author? Have you seen the author's name cited in other sources or bibliographies? Respected authors are cited frequently by other scholars. For this reason, always note those names that appear in many different sources.
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