Evaluating Sources – Articles to Read and Information for the Works Cited page
Articles to Read to Complete
Evaluating Sources – Synthesis Exercise (Works Cited)
“Atkins Diet” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Hamilton, Karie. “How to Stay Committed to Weight-Loss Goals” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Be sure to set up the page in MLA Format and use 8th edition MLA for the Works Cited entries. See the sample Works Cited. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
8th ed. MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
http://www.phccwritingcenter.org/?page_id=34 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Evaluating Sources – Synthesis Exercise with Works Cited (50 points)
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Evaluating Sources – Synthesis Exercise with Works Cited
Updated: Read the two posted articles. Due date clarified to reflect the order of assignments.
Now that you’ve collected information on the two sources, it is time to evaluate and compare the sources in a short writing assignment.
This writing assignment is NOT an academic essay. It is just another type of synthesis exercise.
In two or three paragraphs totaling 400-500 words, evaluate by comparing and contrasting the sources using the information you gathered in the previous assignment. Do not write one paragraph per source.
Use both quotations and paraphrases, which must be cited, from both articles. Do not use first person (I, me, my, we, us, our, ours) or second person (you, yours). This paper must include your own analysis presented in a third person objective, formal, professional voice.
Follow the page setup in MLA Page Format. Refer to your sources in MLA style. Refer to a source only by the last name of the author if an author is named. Jones says…. not The article written by Jones. Don’t use words such as the source or the article to refer to a source.
See MLA In-Text Citations for details such as more than one author, when there is no author, and for punctuation with parentheses with citations (parenthetical documentation) and signal phrases (words that say who says the quote). The lesson MLA In-Text Citations was previously assigned. Be sure to follow the 2016 8th edition MLA updates.
You must also create a Works Cited page for this assignment. The sources in MLA format are listed at the end of the list of articles in this folder. You still have to create the Works Cited page and list in MLA page format. Be sure to list the sources alphabetically.
For this exercise, use the information from your previous assignment. We’ve listed those questions again here, but you should be working from your completed assignment Evaluating Sources – Learning about Sources. Be sure to read the sample assignment posted in the folder with this assignment.
Who wrote the source?
What kind of qualifications does the author have to speak on the subject?
If there is not a person named as an author, does it impact the validity of the source?
Is the information clearly presented?
Is a balanced viewpoint presented?
Is there a bias?
Are the claims made backed up by evidence?
If so, is the evidence verifiable?
Is there a financial motive?
Is the information presented current?
Is the site regularly maintained?
Who is the person or organization that put up the website?
Is there contact information for that person or organization?
Is there contact information for a webmaster?
For this exercise, compare the qualifications of the authors and whether the information is clearly presented and balanced. Do any have a bias? Does it matter what organization posted or is hosting the source? Are all sources updated? Does it matter? Compare what the sources say about the topic. Does one make more sense than another?