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Assignment | Informative Essay (Dansby): Evaluate Information

ENGL 1301 | Professor Marquette Dansby (Spring 2022)

How Strong is Your Information?

Reliability of sources

Source Evaluation

Ask these questions of each information source you find!

Currency, Relevance, Accuracy, Authority, Purpose

Source Types

Information types: scholarly (expert authors, deep dive into subject material); trade (expert but more casual/informative); news (up to date, but not expert authors or especially analytical); reference sources are good for summaries but not for citing.

Our databases contain a little of everything!  What kind of source gives you what type of information?

Click the image to view full-size. It's rather oversimplified, honestly, but it'll give you a framework to start with.