When finding the right sources, it is important to use source criticism.
Follow these steps to ensure the right sources:
- What level is the source written? Is it academic or practical or is it just below an academic level?
- Who wrote it? Who is the sender? A private person, an organiation or a company?
- What is the motivation? Is it for knowledge sharing or is someone trying to sell you something?
Video: Learn how to use the Craap test
The Craap test is an easy way to find the currency, relevance, authority, accurary and purpose.
Video: How to assess sources
Here are 5 aspects of being source critical, from the video:
- Sender - Does the author (who can be an individual or an organization) have the professional background that makes the source worthwhile? private person, professional or academic organization, company?
- Motivation - What is the purpose? Knowledge sharing / information or ‘sales’ of service, product, attitude?
- Age - how old is the source - and does age matter to your topic?
- Relevance - is it the most suitable source for your topic and is the academic level high enough?
- Argumentation - are the arguments in the source substantiated, or are they postulates?