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Chapter 6: Evaluating & Choosing Sources

Chapter 6 discusses the types of different sources and their purposes. The first two type of sources discussed were those which target certain audiences, general sources and specialized academic sources. General sources a usually universal and not focused. These are the sources that are not for any specific audience but are for the general population. Specialized academic sources are sources specifically for academic audiences. These are the sources people use to specifically use when they are in need of academic information. The categories within those two types of sources are primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. Primary sources are original artifacts, whether it be digital or physical pieces of works. Secondary sources are analysis or personal opinions about an original pieces of works.Tertiary sources are multiple secondary sources and other information about a topic.

With academic assignments sources that are preferred to be used are scholarly sources which are also known as specialized academic sources. To deem a source as worthy it is best to evaluate and identify what a source can do for you as well as where the source would be used and most helpful for in the paper. Then check the context of the source, that being who wrote the source, why, and how they the source will impact them. After that it is important to classify the genre of the source by using the elements of genre.


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