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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Academic Source Credibility


Academic Sources, Internet
Capella University
Professor Bernard Klein

Here are some additional writing and citing tips. Are Internet references appropriate for academic writing? They can be. For example, an online refereed journal whose editor is an established authority in his or her field is as valid as the same material would be in print. Government sites with statistical information are generally fine. These are some examples of acceptable types of sources. However, if you wouldn't attach credibility to some material in print, don't accept it from a web page. If the authorship is unclear, if the writing is of poor quality, if there is no way to judge the qualifications of the author, then ask yourself if you want to use the material. If the site looks like it was put together by a crackpot, it probably was. What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? A primary source is one from which you are citing the author's words directly. A secondary source is one in which someone else is citing the author, and you are telling what the someone else is saying. Primary sources make better citations than secondary sources do. That's because with secondary sources you're relying on someone else to tell you what was said, and it may or may not be accurate. What sorts of resources are appropriate for scholarly writing? Generally, resources that are written by academics and appear in books or refereed journals (that is, those journals with editorial boards that review submissions for scholarly rigor) are what you want to shoot for. Woman’s Day and Farm Journal do not generally meet this standard. Commercial web sites generally don’t either. Web sites put up by someone’s kid brother are usually below par.

For Academic Source Requirements for COM 101 to to: 
http://art-lynch.blogspot.com/2010/03/academic-sources.html

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I learned a lot about using the right sources of information in today's lecture. I will definitely use the online library resources for my professional presentations in the future. I am a future nurse, so I have to have a credible information in the field of medicine. I feel a great responsibility for being very knowledgable nurse to take care of patients. I am striving to take the best knowledge from every course that I take at the college.

Anonymous said...

I understand the importance academic sources, but I feel there are times when non-academic sources can add interest. Peer reviewed journals are very scientific and seem to lack emotion or opinion. This can lead to a very boring presentation or paper. I believe there are times, such as quoting someone or getting opposing opinions on something you wish to argue where other sources add value even though they are not "academic."

S. Hayes PTA