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Analyzing Sources

Four tips for weeding as you go

  1. Keep in mind what you are trying to accomplish in your research. Does the source have relevance to the question you are trying to answer?
  2. Consider the audience for your research, as well as the audience for which the article you are reading was intended. If you can't understand a word of it, it won't help you. But if your research is of a scholarly nature, some use of the language of the discipline is expected.
  3. Analyze, when possible, at every step of the evaluation process. A source that seemed good at the beginning of your research may not be useful to you once your topic has become more focused.
  4. Practice, practice, practice — "the more you analyze, the easier it gets."

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