Ind a Text and Electronic Source and Evaluate them using the worksheet

Text and Electronic Source Evaluation

Learning what others have said on a subject is important to any research project. Sometimes, as the discussion of the following bulleted examples demonstrates, it is difficult to know whether the sources you consult are credible.

a? Would you believe that a pen that was swallowed twenty-five years ago still worked after surgeons retrieved it from a womanas stomach?

a? Have you heard that activists for womenas rights burned their bras at the 1968 Miss America pageant?

a? On October 30, 1938 throngs of people in the US and Canada who heard a Halloween radio broadcast were convinced that Martians had invaded the earth.


The first claim listed above is true. The second claim, that feminists burned their bras, is false. As unbelievable as it sounds, the third event actually happened. An adaptation of a novel, The War of the Worlds, which is about extraterrestrials invading earth, was broadcast in the form of a series of fictional news bulletins. Listeners took the a?newsa? as fact, mass panic ensued, and police had to issue advisories that the broadcast was a dramatization.

These examples highlight the difficulties involved in distinguishing fact from fiction especially when information is reported by a seemingly authoritative source, such as a major radio station, newspaper, or TV newscast. In recent years, the World Wide Web and other e-sources have made this task even more difficult because almost anyone can post to the Internet (for example, submitting to Wikipedia is easya try it yourself for fun)!

As a result, we must be extremely cautious as we research topics for class, work, and personal reasons. To prevent being duped and in order to develop responsible scholarship in any field, you must evaluate sourcesa credibility carefully. Such evaluation sheds light on whether the source material is credible, accurate, flawed, or unreasonable.

The first step is to take a few moments to ask yourself what type of information you are looking for. Do you want to find facts, opinions, statistics, eyewitness statements, or reasoned arguments? What do you want to do with the information once you find it? Another key question is whether accuracy is important to your project. For example, statistics used to make government policy should be as accurate as possible (recall that the U.S. has gone to war on the basis of false intelligence). In contrast, interpretations of literature are rooted in the scholaras or studentas experience of the text, which varies widely from person to person and is highly subjective as a result.

In this course our objective is to locate literary analyses!

Once you have narrowed the reasons for the information you want, you must determine whether the sources your search produces are credible and scholarly. The answer to that question depends on whether they were produced with stringent quality controls.

Read chapter 9 in The New Century Handbook about how to judge sources. Then click here for guidelines for determining whether a source is credible and scholarly. (I will attach this)

In Week 3 you will find, read, and evaluate two sources relating to your Week 3essay, which is a literary analysis comparing two texts. (I will submit this to you in another order)

As you prepare to write the Week 3 paper make sure you understand how many things you are being asked to do.

Choose a Theme

Choose one of the following themes and analyze how it is developed in two of the literary texts that you read this week: religion, representations of women and gender, authority, governance, death and the underworld, travel, knowledge, transformation, or the environment. Examine how the theme is treated in each of the two texts that you chose by using relevant literary terminology, such as the tone, style, genre, point of view, and imagery (be sure to review these terms in your anthologys glossary). One way to get started is to ask yourself:

a? What does each literary text say about the theme

a? How does the development of the theme reveal ideas associated with the culture, era, and region in which each text was written

a? Which, if any, literary movements are associated with each text

a? How does the treatment of the theme differ in the two texts

a? What are the similarities between the two textsa treatment of the theme

a? What accounts for these differences and similarities

a? Why is all of this important and significant


Research: Finding and Evaluating Text and Electronic Sources

This week your research will consist of finding, reading and evaluating two sources, one from the SUO Library and one from the Internet. You may but are not required to use any of these sources in your Week 3 essay. Needless to say, if you choose to use sources for your Week 3 essay, they should be scholarly and credible and they must be cited in APA style.

a? First, read the Week 3 lecture, Using the SUO Libraryand then click herefor a more detailed tutorial on searching the library.

a? In the SUO Library, find one source about your chosen theme or texts

a? Next, find one source by searching the Internet

a? Carefully read the sources you found in the library and on the Internet and take notes about the most important points in them

a? Click here to open a source evaluation worksheet. Develop an evaluation for each of the sources that you identified (complete one worksheet for each source) using the information you learned from chapter 9 of The New Century Handbook and a?Guidelines for Evaluating (I will attach this)

I will attach the worksheet needed to complete the 2 evaluations as well as the Guidelines for Evaluating Sources. Once you tell me which theme you want to go with (The readings that go along with this are the poems from the other order that you are working on for me Order 777334), I will find an article for you from the library that you can use as the library reference to evaluate and you can find the one you would like to use from online.

This order itself is just for Text and Electronic Source Evaluation. I will submit another order to you for the essay itself that is referred to in the directions. If you have any questions please ask.