Source Evaluation

Source Evaluation

Source Evaluations: Due Friday, February 24, 2017. This assignment is to analyze and organize source material for the term project. See pages 7-9 for an explanation of this assignment. Source Evaluations The point of this part of the assignment is to help you analyze and organize source material for the term project. The end result will be the creation of three evaluation pages. For this assignment, use your term project topic. • Locate reference material in the library (or online databases) related to your topic problem or solutions. Be careful with Internet sources—some of them are not appropriate for this type of assignment and will be rejected (Wikipedia, for example, is okay for general information, but is not appropriate for academic work and thus, not appropriate for this assignment). • Locate three (3) references of various types (books, articles, websites, database items, etc.). More may be used for the final report, but only three are required for this particular assignment. If you submit more than three evaluations, I will only grade the first three. Each source must be of a different type than the others (only one interview, only one book, etc.). • If one of your sources will be an interview, the interview must have already taken place or you should not include it as part of this assignment. You cannot summarize or evaluate something that hasn’t happened yet. • Decide which format you will be using: MLA or APA • If your topic is such that source material is either scarce or unnecessary, then choose sources that are related somehow to the topic. Remember, the sources you use here do not have to be included in the final report. This assignment is about creating correct citations and evaluating source material for validity and use. For each source: 1. Create a bibliographic citation (MLA or APA, etc.), correctly formatted. 2. Write a summary of the source, or of the part of the source you will use for your paper (you don’t have to read the entire book!). Maintain good paragraph etiquette: include a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion. 3. Include a quotation or paraphrase from the source and a correct in-text citation for that quotation or paraphrase. This should be included in the summary paragraph. 4. Write an evaluation of the source. First and foremost, answer these two questions: Is the source credible, in your opinion? Why or why not? (“This source is credible because…” or “This source is not credible because…”) Keep in mind that the topic or content of the source does not automatically give it credibility. Do some research—who is the author? Who is the publisher? Are these reputable people/publishers? Once you have identified the source as credible or not, go on to discuss other issues of credibility, including: Is the information usable? Are there problems with the source information, is the author biased, is there information missing? Again, maintain paragraphing protocol. Note: evaluation is not the same as summary. There should be clear analytic discussion of the source, separate from the summary. Source evaluations that do not contain specific evaluation will not receive credit for this portion of the grade. Evaluation should be a separate paragraph (including a notation about whether or not the source is/is not credible), and should consist of more than one sentence. More information about how to evaluate sources can be found in the Hacker text. Refer to the Hacker handbook, sections MLA and APA, for the correct formatting of entries for each type of source. Aim for at least 1 typed page per source. More is better—it will help with writing the research essay. See the sample on page 10 of this document—written for HUM105, so the expectations for ENGL 212 students will be a bit higher. Keep in mind that, • If you are unable to locate all of the normally required elements to complete an entry (a common problem for web page citations), the correct procedure is to leave that information out of the entry and go on to the next piece of information. • Punctuation matters! Pay careful attention to the use of commas, periods, colons, etc., when completing your citation entries. • Include the URL. New MLA guidelines indicate that the URL is not needed for web sources, unless specifically requested by the instructor. I am that instructor; I want to see the URL. The following rubric will be used when the source evaluations are graded: 212 Source Evaluations Points 8 points per source: Complete/correct bibliographic entry 2 points per source: Complete/correct in-text citation 5 points per source: Summary of source and language conventions 5 points per source: Evaluation of credibility Grade: Place all of your evaluations into ONE document, name your file yourlastnamesources.doc and submit it via the Source Evaluations Assignment link in Blackboard. Make sure you include your name, etc., at the beginning of the document. Sample Evaluation Lam, Raymond W., MD. “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Current Opinion in Psychiatry. January 1994. Web. 20 May 2004 www.mentalhealth.com/book/p40-sad.html. This lengthy article provides background information on the current research associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is diagnosed based on symptoms identified in the DSM-IV and is categorized as a mood disorder. Treatment studies have become increasingly more rigorous, including larger sample sizes and longer treatment periods. Light boxes, light visors, dawn simulation, and antidepressants are several of the treatments that have been investigated in recent studies. The author’s conclusion is that the research indicates SAD to be “more complicated and heterogeneous than first thought” (4). Further research on the effects of causes of SAD and therapy for SAD is recommended. This research also disputes the Full Spectrum author (in another article) by stating that standard fluorescent lighting is just as effective as full spectrum lighting in treating SAD. The author is well educated in this field of study, making this a credible source. [insert educational and publishing background here to support this claim] Green highlight=citation and in-text citation Blue highlight=source summary Grey highlight=evaluation of credibility