Since many of the authors we are studying in this class are from the 1800's and earlier, using Wikipedia has an added benefit: finding full-text copies of their works. Material published before 1923 is in the public domain, and copies have been collected to make them freely available on the Internet. Search your author's name in Wikipedia and under External Links, you will probably find links to their works.
If you search Wikipedia for an author, you will probably find links in Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive. Search at either one or both of them directly and you'll find a lot more.
|Credibility||trustworthy source, author's credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.|
|Accuracy||up-to-date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.|
|Reasonableness||fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.|
|Support||listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).|
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