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Source Analysis

Source Analysis Info

Evaluation of sources is essential to scholarly research. Consider the following when looking for reliable secondary sources:

  • Who is the author? Are they a scholar in the field?
  • Was the book/ journal published by a scholarly publisher?
  • What is the purpose of the text or motive for writing it?
  • Does the writer have an obvious bias?
  • Does the book/ article have an extensive bibliography?
  • What are the primary sources referred to by the author?
  • What secondary sources are used by the author?
  • Does the text have citations enabling you to check the author’s sources.


Write a short: 3-5 paragraph essay that answers the above questions using one of the sources you plan to use for your paper.  Make sure you include your decision in the final paragraph as to whether you think the source is valid or not valid.