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SOCIOL 332: Methods of Social Research
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SOCIOL 332: Methods of Social Research: Evaluating Sources
Research guide for the Duke Sociology Dept.'s research methods course
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
If this is an online source, are the links functional?
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Who is this written for?
Is the information at an appropriate level?
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on this topic?
Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
Are there spelling, grammar, or typographical errors?
Is this source created to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion, or propoganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
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