Who’s Your Source?
A Writer’s Guide to Effectively Evaluating and Ethically Using Resources
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814848 / 1554814847
  • 250 pages; 6" x 9"

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Who’s Your Source?

A Writer’s Guide to Effectively Evaluating and Ethically Using Resources

  • Publication Date: May 15, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814848 / 1554814847
  • 250 pages; 6" x 9"

While students today have access to more sources of information than ever before, they are not necessarily equipped to make informed judgments about those sources. Teaching students to evaluate sources has become even more challenging in the last year as issues regarding fake news and “alternative facts” have become a heated matter in conversations taking place in the public sphere.

The book will present students with a set of tools that they can use to evaluate any source that they encounter. In addition to learning how to use sources in their writing, students who read Who’s Your Source? will become more savvy consumers of the sources they encounter in their daily lives.

Introduction, Or What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Sources

Chapter One: The Other Three Rs: A Three-Part Evaluation Strategy

  • A. Introduction to Rhetoric
  • B. Rhetorical Appeals: Logos, Ethos, Pathos
  • C. Rhetorical Situation: Genre, Audience, Purpose, Context
  • D. Reality Check
  • E. The Three Rs in Action: A Sample Source Evaluation

Chapter Two: Evaluating Academic Resources

  • A. Introduction
  • B. Why Do We Use Academic Resources?
  • C. Test Your Current Knowledge About Academic Resources
  • D. Peer Review
  • E. Academic Genres
  • F. How to Use Academic Sources Ethically and Effectively
  • G. The Three Rs in Action: A Sample Source Evaluation
  • H. Student Writing Sample

Chapter Three: Evaluating Non-Academic Resources

  • A. Introduction: How to Tell the Difference Between Reliable and Non-reliable Resources
  • B. To Google or Not to Google
  • C. Is Wikipedia reliable?
  • D. How to Spot Fake News
  • E. Other Kinds of Non-Academic Sources
  • F. The Three Rs and Non-Academic Resources
  • G. How to Use Non-Academic Resources Ethically and Effectively

Chapter Four: Logical Fallacies

  • A. Introduction
  • B. Fallacies of Logos
  • C. Fallacies of Pathos
  • D. Fallacies of Ethos
  • E. Avoiding Fallacies
  • F. Pythonesque Logic

Chapter Five: The Search: The Research Process

  • A. Introduction
  • B. Why Your Librarian is Better Than Google (Scholar)
  • C. How to Find Academic Sources
  • D. How to Find Non-academic Sources
  • E. Notes on Notes

Chapter Six: Other Sources: Interviews, Focus Groups, and Surveys

  • A. Introduction
  • B. The Value of Interviews and Focus Groups as Sources
  • C. Effective and Ethical Procedures for Conducting Interviews
  • D. The Value of Surveys as Sources
  • E. Survey Genres: Naturalistic Observation, Questionnaires, Likert Scales
  • F. Effective and Ethical Procedures for Conducting Surveys
  • G. How to Use Interviews and Surveys Effectively in Your Writing

Chapter Seven: Visual Rhetoric

  • A. Introduction
  • B. Charts, Tables, and Graphs
  • C. Ethics and Visual Representations of Data
  • D. Guidelines for Evaluating and Creating Effective and Ethical Tables, Charts, and Graphs
  • E. Illustrations, Photos, and Videos
  • F. Ethics and Visual Images
  • G. Guidelines for Evaluating Images and Using Them Ethically

Chapter Eight: Using Sources to Support and Develop Your Argument

  • A. Introduction
  • B. How Professional Writers Use Sources for Research
  • C. Your Research Question, Your Sources, and Your Writing Anxiety
  • D. How Professional Writers Use Sources in Their Writing
  • E. Student Writing Sample
  • F. Mind the Gap
  • G. Chapter Recap

Chapter Nine: Ethical Writing is Good Writing

  • A. Introduction
  • B. How to Create Flow
  • C. Summary and Paraphrase versus Plagiarism
  • D. Citation Practices
  • E. Footnotes, Endnotes, and the Rest
  • F. Under and Overciting
  • G. What You Need to Look Up

Works Cited

Acknowledgements

Melissa M. Bender is a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. Karma Waltonen is a Senior Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

  • • Uses a simple three-part strategy to evaluate sources: rhetorical appeals, rhetorical situation, and reality check
  • • Grounded in rhetorical theory—encourages students to evaluate the soundness of arguments as well as the reliability of sources
  • • Incorporates real examples from the authors’ experience as instructors—and as scholars

A companion website for students includes exercises, additional sample student papers, and links to resources discussed in the book. The site can be found here.