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Evaluating Sources: Test Yourself

Learn tools you can use to evaluate information.

Activity

Take a look at each of the resources below and think about whether you would use these in your academic writing or research. You may find it helpful to apply the TRAPP test (Timeframe, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose).

Book/eBook

Green, D. (2016) How change happens. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/how-change-happens-9780198785392?cc=gb&lang=en&# (Accessed: 15 Sepember 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 2775 votes (78.1%)
No: 778 votes (21.9%)
Total Votes: 3553

News Stories

Pandey, M. (2020) 'Coronavirus: I got a job after 280 rejections', BBC News, 15 September. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-54164417 (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 1298 votes (40.56%)
No: 1902 votes (59.44%)
Total Votes: 3200

Podcast

The Onion (2020) Sephora awarded NASA contract to give Moon fresh, fun makeover [Podcast]. 9 September. Available at: https://www.theonion.com/sephora-awarded-nasa-contract-to-give-moon-fresh-fun-m-1844996516 (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 596 votes (20.23%)
No: 2350 votes (79.77%)
Total Votes: 2946

Comment:
The Onion is one of America's premier parody news sites.

Scholarly Article

Ribeiro, M. A. (2020) 'Contributions of psychology to rethinking the decent work concept', Revista Psicologia, 3, pp. 1114-1121. DOI: 10.17652/rpot/2020.3.19488.

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 2143 votes (80.59%)
No: 516 votes (19.41%)
Total Votes: 2659

Statistics

UNICEF (2020) Malnutrition prevalence remains alarming: stunting is declining too slowly while wasting still impacts the lives of far too many young children. Available at: https://infogram.com/1pddky9y0g3mr2hmvlq5rwzjwmikekjl69v (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 2051 votes (83.51%)
No: 405 votes (16.49%)
Total Votes: 2456

Video

Kimmel, M. (2015) Why gender equality is good for everyone - men included [TED]. Available at: https://tinyurl.com/y3wx3rx4 (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 1493 votes (59.53%)
No: 1015 votes (40.47%)
Total Votes: 2508

Website

ZPi (2020) Help save the end pacific northwest tree octopus from extinction. Available at: https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ (Accessed: 17 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 690 votes (29.26%)
No: 1668 votes (70.74%)
Total Votes: 2358

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia

'Sustainable city' (2020) Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_city (Accessed: 16 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 403 votes (16.83%)
No: 1992 votes (83.17%)
Total Votes: 2395

Comment:
I am sure you've been told many times by different instructors to not use Wikipedia as a source. It is not appropriate to cite Wikipedia directly in your work. Most Wikipedia articles themselves aren't yet considered reliable enough as sources for a research paper, but references and external links may support you and direct you to vital sources.

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