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Evaluating Sources: An Interactive Guide: Quality of Argument

Use library databases, catalogs, and other tools to help you critically evaluate an article or book and place it in the context of an academic discipline.

Quality of Argument

Evaluate the author's argument.

1. Summarize the author's argument. evidence

2. What kinds of evidence does the author use?

3. Does the evidence or methodology "prove" the author's argument? What are the weaknesses of the argument? 

4. Is the use of evidence and methodology a typical or usual approach within the discipline?

5. Pose a specific question about this article that needs answering.


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