Finding and evaluating sources
posted by christopher
1.When should you begin choosing appropriate sources for your topic?
as soon as you get the assignment
after the rough draft is due
as soon as you have a good working thesis statement
after you decide how long your essay will be
What qualities should you look for in possible sources for your paper?
sources that are published after 1980
sources that are lengthy and well-developed
sources that are written by credentialed professionals
sources that are relevant, reliable, and recent
Why should you take careful notes when you are reading your sources?
so you can trace information that you want to use back to its original source
so you can be sure you are using as variety of sources
so you can see how many sources you are using
so you can see what the experts are saying about your topic
They are all right.
But I question number 2's choices. If you're writing a history paper, you wouldn't necessarily want to use recent sources.