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[HIST|1110|Julia Gossard]

Choosing and Evaluating Sources

For your food timeline entries, you should find at least two sources from which to draw information.  As a group, you should use sources to help answer background information like: who, what, where, and how.  Historical significance should be something that your group determine’s on your own, using your critical thinking skills, making connections to the larger course’s themes in politics, economics, society, and culture.

You will be asking yourself the following questions:

  • What is the authority of this source
    • How did you find this source? What was your method to finding this? Was this the first source you found? Did you use the Research Guide to help you?
    • Was that a good method? Why or why not?
    • What is the name of the larger website your source is a part of? What type of a website is this? Is it an online encyclopedia? An e-book? A personal blog?
    • Does the type of website the source it is on effect your source’s content?
    • Who is the author of the individual article?
    • Is that author an expert on the subject? How do you know?  If you’re uncertain, does this make you question the validity of the information the article presents?
  • Is the source objective?

    • Is this fact or is it opinion? Is it biased?  How did you determine this?

  • Is the information presented accurate? 

    • Where did the author seem to get the information? Does he/she cite to other reliable sources? Can you find this same information elsewhere?

  • Is this research current:

    • When was the website last updated? Is it current enough?

  • All in all, is this a good source?