ENGL 1001 - Foundations in Rhetoric (Fall 2023): Identifying reliable sources

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What are reliable sources?

Great question! Reliable sources are sources whose research and argumentation you can rely or depend on to help you develop your own research and writing projects. Reliable sources may be library resources like newspaper, magazine and journal articles, or government documents, white paper reports and electronic books. But not all library resources may be reliable sources for your specific project.

So reliable sources are always contextual; or, they're always reliable or dependable for a specific project. This means reliable sources for one project may not be reliable sources for another project. So when you consider a source's reliability, you should consider it's reliability in terms of your specific project. You should consider if you can rely or depend on the source to help you develop your own research and writing.

Helpful online resources

VIDEO: Authority is Contextual

This video was developed by W. Frank Steely Library librarians at Northern Kentucky University as part of their online course on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

DIRECT LINK: https://youtu.be/LnzbCRmIeXM

VIDEO: What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

This video was developed by librarians at the University of Washington. Chances are you'll need to find a scholarly journal article for a research paper or project in the near future. But, wait, what is a "scholarly journal article?" How is it different from a popular source like a newspaper or magazine article?

DIRECT LINK: https://youtu.be/PuyCJnv3auk

ACTIVITY: Evaluating Sources

In this scenario based activity, students are asked to help 4 of their classmates evaluate 3 sources they are considering using for their paper. Students can read the entirety of each source, then write a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of why their classmate should or shouldn’t use the source and why. Based on the concept of Calibrated Peer Review, there is one exemplar source, one substandard source and one bubble source.

DIRECT LINK: https://marquetterml.github.io/information-literacy-modules/evaluating_sources/index.html