If you are online and looking at edu or gov sites

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One of the ways that you can tell if a source is reliable is where you find your material. If you are online and looking at .edu or .gov sites more than likely they will be creditable sites. The writer if reliable will cite his or her research and as a writer every individual should check their sources, sources. Another thing to ask yourself is does what I am reading make sense; if you are reading research on the sun and you find an article that states : The sun revolves around the earth, you know at that point that you have an unreliable article and you need to move onto something more creditable. Determining the relevancy of your research to your project is an individual assignment. If you are writing about snow leopards then it would not be relevant to introduce camping into your research unless it has relevancy, for example if you were doing field work and spotted a leopard while in your campsite it may be relevant to minimally introduce camping. In this same context though it would not be relevant to go on about what a great campsite you found and how you may make this campsite your annual get away spot. Let us discuss now something that every person deals with at some point in their life, bias. How people deal with bias is unique to each individual and realizing the difference between a bias research paper and one that states all sides to a story is relatively simple, always ask yourself is there two sides presented in this research. Does the writer lean one way or another on the subject; If so your research maybe somewhat bias. That does not mean it is bad research or that you cannot
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RELIABILITY, RELEVANCE AND BIAS Pg3 use it, but you will need to be sure to find research for the other side of your argument. I believe that having reliable, relevant and unbiased information for your research is one key to a good paper. If your research has all of these markings you are more likely to come across to readers as a creditable writer. Your research is easier to get out if your target reader believes what you write.
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  • Spring '11
  • daimenfleming
  • Writing, Source criticism

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