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English 1301 Library Sessions: Evaluating Sources

For use during in class library sessions.

Evaluating Sources Session


Questions to Consider:

  • What is the author's main argument?
  • What reasons does the author use to support their main argument?
  • Do the author's reasons make sense? Why or why not?
  • Does the author provide evidence to supoort their reasons?
  • Is the evidence convincing?
  • What additional information would you need to research to determine whether the author is accurately representing the evidence?
  • Does the author acknowledge opposing points of view? How?
  • Are the different points of view adequately addressed? How?


Questions to Consider:

  • What are the author's credentials?
  • Do their credentials make the author believable? Why?
  • Does the author seem knowledgable about the topic? Why?
  • Does the author appeal to shared values? If so, what are those values?


Questions to Consider:

  • Who is the author's intended audience?
  • What are the characteristics of that audience?
  • How does the author appeal to the shared emotions of that audience?