For each source, prepare an entry according to the following guidelines: 1. Bibliography Entry: Include the complete bibliographic information correctly formatted according to the ACS style guidelines 2. Summary of Content: Include a descriptive paragraph summarizing the source. Include key concepts and quotations when appropriate. 3. Objective Evaluation: Objectively evaluate the credibility of the source using the criteria that are most relevant. Use the questions presented in the TRAAP criteria Timeliness: The timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Has the information been revised or updated? Is the information current or too out-of-date for my topic? Are all the links functional or are there dead links?* Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Does the information relate to my topic or answer my question? Who is the intended audience? Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too simple or advanced) for my needs? Did I look at a variety of sources before deciding to use this one? Would I be comfortable using this source for my college research paper? Authority: The source of the information. Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? Are the authors credentials or organizational affiliations given? What are the authors credentials or organizational affiliations? What are the authors qualifications to write on the topic? Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address? Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? Examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net* Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information. Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been reviewed by anyone else? Can I verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge? Does the language or tone seem biased? Or is it free of emotion? Are there spelling, grammar, typographical, or other errors? Purpose: The reason the information exists. What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade? Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear? Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? Does the point of view appear objective and impartial? Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases? these criteria to stimulate your ideas, but dont feel as if you need to address each criteria as a checklist. Use the criteria that are appropriate for your source. When relevant, address such things as bias or lack of bias, outdated material or current material, authors point of view, and authors credentials and qualifications to write on the topic. What is the authors purpose in writing the information? Is the information presented without prejudice? Or does the author, publisher, or research funding organization have a stake in the outcome or the controversy you are investigating? 4. Subjective Evaluation: Include a summary of the relevance of the source to your research topic or question. How will the source contribute to your research, and how useful will it be? Does it offer a unique perspective? Does it offer a contradictory viewpoint to another source?
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