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Critical Analysis

Use these steps to evaluate your sources:

1. Initial Appraisal

  • Author: Credentials? Institutional affiliation?
  • Date of Publication: Current? Edition or Revision?
  • Publisher: University Press?  Journal or Magazine?

2. Content Analysis

  • Intended Audience: Student Level? Professionals?
  • Objective Reasoning: Fact or Opinion? Evidence? Objective?
  • Coverage: Marginally or extensively related? Primary or secondary source?
  • Style: Word choice? Organized argument?
  • Reviews: Cross reference?