Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017 Views: 148
Evaluating a source by purpose & objectivity means that you are asking: Is there bias or a slant given to the information provided?
When considering the purpose & objectivity of a source, ask yourself the following questions:
- What point of view does the author represent? Is the source arguing for or against something? Does the source contain mostly factual information or is it opinion-based?
- Is the source associated with an organization or institution that is known for promoting a certain point of view or opinion?
- What appears to be the purpose of the information provided -- to inform, teach, sell, entertain, provide public services, or persuade?
Where should you look to determine the purpose & objectivity of a source?
|Print & Database Sources||Websites|
What to avoid:
- Sources that are primarily opinion-based, with few facts or statistics (unless seeking biased sources)
- Sources that are primarily concerned with selling a product (unless seeking biased sources)
- Sources with affiliations known for promoting a certain viewpoint (unless seeking biased sources)
Note: It's okay to use information from sources that contain strong arguments or opinions, but it's always a good idea to acknowledge the author's view.
|EXAMPLES||QUESTIONS TO ASK|
|BeefNutrition.org||Who sponsors this web site? Does it promote an agenda or specific viewpoint?|
|Melatonin.com||Is this site purely informational, or is it trying to sell a product (advertising)?|
|Monsanto - Biotechnology||Who sponsors this web site? Does it promote an agenda or specific viewpoint?|
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