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English Composition 1001

Research made easy.

Source Analysis Discussion

  • Who is the author?
  • Who is the sponsor/publisher of this site?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the purpose of this text?
  • What is the viewpoint in the content?
  • What are some of the presentation features - e.g. visual, layout - of the content?

Fact Checking Tips

  • Investigate the site: mission, about, and contact info.
  • Do a search on the author or organization.
  • Click on supporting sources: does information actually support content?
  • Read beyond a single site: find what experts have to say.
  • Check your own beliefs & bias: are these affecting your judgement?
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