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FYW1050 Introduction to College Writing (Rocha) Spring 2019
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Review the assigned sources in your group to evaluate their credibility or reliability, and determine if you would use this source in a paper. Here are some general evaluation questions to to help guide your decision:
1. Is it authoritative?
Does the author have the education/experience/qualifications to write about the topic?
2. Is it current?
Is the information current or out-of date for your topic? Think about why you need particular information to determine if the date of publication matters.
3. What is the purpose?
What is the purpose of the information (to inform, to persuade, to sell)?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
There is a difference between an article exhibiting a bias, and and article expressing an opinion.
An opinion article is sharing the author's point of view on a topic. Articles that express an opinion are not "bad" sources, but make sure you know where the facts end and the opinions begin.
Bias is an inaccurate or unfair representation of data. Bias can be intentional or unintentional, so make sure to watch for it in any sources you use.