We want to hear from you. What do you tell students about evaluating sources for research projects or papers? Share your tips, the advice that you share with your classes, or guidelines that you lay out for students, in the comments section below.
Do you find that your students encounter challenges thinking critically about which sources to choose as they research and write because they have so much information available at their fingertips? With the rise of Wikipedia and discussion boards available on just about any topic you can think of, how can you steer learners in the right direction when it comes to choosing sources for a project? Even once they find sources that are appropriate to use, are they using the best possible sources for their paper or project?
As much as you might like to provide students with a definitive source evaluation checklist, that’s not often feasible to be able to provide–but you can provide them with critical questions to interrogate both their projects and their sources. In this recorded virtual workshop, The Wadsworth Guide to Research authors Shelley Rodrigo of Old Dominion University and Susan Miller-Cochran of North Carolina State University discuss strategies for helping students evaluate their sources in a manner that helps them rhetorically situate their sources within a specific project. They also discuss source evaluation in terms of source type.