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PWR 1EE: Prowling toward certainty: exploration as argument: How to evaluate sources

A guide for students in the PWR course on ambivalence taught by Erik Ellis

How to evaluate sources

Most article databases indicate whether sources are scholarly, or from non-scholarly sources. But evaluating sources, scholarly or not, is a complex task. Here is a short video that describes some variables you should take into account when evaluating sources. Even though a source may be be biased, or manipulative, or even false, it maybe a valuable source for your research, as long as you make clear its purpose. Important variables include:

  • Author
  • Audience
  • Review Process
  • Currency
  • Perspective