Blog Post #6

21.1: To read sources rhetorically and take purposeful notes.

1. Read what is relevant to you (not the whole book if you only need a chapter).

2.To read sources rhetorically ask what the author’s purpose was  for writing the book, and what your purpose is for reading it.

3.To take good research notes make a bibliography for the source. Doing it now will save time in the long run and will also make you look at it rhetorically.

4.Record good ideas and information by summarizing each sources argument and writing down your own ideas as they pop up in your head while reading. Best way to do this is to divide a page in half and use one side for notes and one side for questions.

21.2: Evaluate sources for reliability, credibility, angle of vision, and degree of advocacy. 

1. Reliability is the accuracy of factual data in a source. If you cross check it with other sources and the facts are correct then it is a reliable source; however, if the facts are iffy and not consistent with the article you want to use, then it is more than likely not reliable.

2. Credibility is based on internal not external factors. It is based on the reader’s trust in the writer with his or her credibility.

3. Angle of vision is basically the way the book is shaped and the beliefs and assumptions of the author are clear in the text, and are the same values that the reader will share, or argue against.

4. Determining political stances is as simple as understanding what they are writing about, If they complain about republicans, then they are most likely democratic. If the author quotes the Los Angeles Times often, one can assume they are more liberal. People that are referred to as centrists however, are authors who seek out common ground and pull from both sides e.x. liberal and conservative.

5. Degree of advocacy is the extent of which the author takes a side or persuasive stance on an issue, like global warming or if we really went to the moon. With this however, you must review the authors evidence and interpretation of the data, because the author is trying to persuade a group of people, he might slightly change the correct findings to help with his case, or only look for findings which help his case.

21.3: Use your rhetorical knowledge to evaluate web sources.

1. The Web is a nice rhetorical environment that has access to a multitude of collections that would not be found at the school library.

2. Evaluating a web source has five main criteria: authority, objectivity, coverage, accuracy, and currency. Is the sponsor clearly identified? Is the cites purpose clear? Are the topics covered by the site clear? Are the sources of information stated? And are the dates included in the website are all relevant questions for evaluating a Web source.

3. While you know understand the author’s purpose for the site, you must identify your own purposes for the site. Is it information you can use? Is it at all relevant to your study? Overview the table of contents first and see if they have anything you need. If found read the chapter you need and decide weather or not it is relevant or important for what you need.

Beyond the Foster Care System : The Future for Teens

1) Title: Fits with my overall purpose.

2) Author: Both authors are credited and even have a website that is committed to helping people. click here for website

3) Publication Date: 2006, still relevant and not biased.

4) Publisher: Rutgers University Press. It is peer reviewed.

5) Table of Contents: Almost all I can use.

6) Blurb: Overall, the book is about recognizing flaws in the system and the reteaching and preparation for independent living.

7) Bibliography: Most comes from their experience with the system and its flaws.

8) Index: Index has key words that make it easy to see which topic i need at which point.

9) Almost all reviews are good an it has a high star rating in most circles.

10) At this point, most useful chapter is The first impressions of the foster care system.

Substance Use, Policy, and Foster Care

1) Title: Fits with my overall purpose and can help with showing negative effects of foster care.

2) Author: All authors have degrees from credited universities.

3) Publication Date: 2013, relevant and not biased.

4) Publisher:Journal of Family Issues

5) Table of Contents: Almost all I can use.

6) Blurb: Overall, the book is about recognizing flaws in the system and the negative effects of drugs and alcohol in parents and children, and the impact it has.

7) Bibliography: Most comes from their experience with the study and information they gathered.

8) Index: Index has key words that make it easy to see which topic i need at which point.

9) Almost all reviews are good an it has a high star rating in most circles.

10) At this point, most useful chapter is Results.

Antipsychotic Treatment Among Youth in Foster Care

1) Title: Fits with my overall purpose and can help with showing negative effects of foster care in the long run.

2) Author: All authors have degrees from credited universities.

3) Publication Date: 2011, relevant and not biased.

4) Publisher:Official Journal of the American Academy of pediatrics.

5) Table of Contents: Almost all I can use.

6) Blurb: Overall, the book is about recognizing flaws in the system and the long term negative effects.

7) Bibliography: 37 references, the first ten coincide with the information in the journal.

8) Index: Index has key words that make it easy to see which topic i need at which point.

9) Almost all reviews are good an it has a high star rating in most circles.

10) At this point, most useful chapter is Discussion.

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