Chapter 4 Whats A Good Source As

Chapter 4: Whats a good source?

Starting with sources help us

The most important thing is that we know what has already been said and can explain how our discussion or approach is different.

  • Verify if our work will yield something new
  • Begin collecting information to answer our research questions
  • provide context for our investigation by relating our study to another scholars work
  • Borrow methods of investigation that help for other scholars
  • Identify views, assumptions, or conclusions to build on or diverge from

An elementary way of using sources

Research report

  1. Pick a topic
  2. Find some good sources on that topic
  3. Take notes
  4. Organize your notes and information into an outline
  5. Glue together sources with some of your own words
  6. write an introduction that ties all your information together
  7. Restate your introduction as a conclusion

Persuasive paper

  1. Pick a controversy
  2. Choose a thesis based on what you already know and think about your topic
  3. Think of reasons why your thesis must be right
  4. find sources that support your argument
  5. Ignore sources that contradict or complicate your argument
  6. Write the equivalent of a five paragraph essay

Writing that follows research

  • Begin with a very specific problem or question
  • Review scholarly publications
  • Design and conduct some kind of investigation
  • Report results
  • Writing typically follows research

Sifting though sources

  • Stability- Check multiple sources to make sure the information is credible, most writers still trust printed text more.
  • Credibility- Make sure you borrow context from reliable sources, the source should be established.
  • Reliability- Make sure the information is quality, typically stay away from anonymous sources.

Worst to best sources

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Newspapers and magazines
  3. General use encyclopedia
  4. Scholarly reference book
  5. Scholarly book or article
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