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CHN 373: Confucian Classics: Evaluating and Citing Your Sources

Course Guide to CHN 373W/EAS 374W/REL 374W by Dr. Maria Franca Sibau

Evaluating Sources

Questions to ask:

  • Have you used a variety of sources?
    • Compare and contrast the information you find with several authors and and array of sources such as books, Emory dissertations, journal articles, and studies.
    • Comparing and contrasting the information will help you in identifying any bias and enhance the validity and reliability of your research.
  • What are the author's qualifications and affiliation (i.e., where does the author work)?
  • What is the date of the publication? Is the information out-of-date for your topic?
  • Who's published it? Is it a university press -- in which case the material is more likely to be scholarly -- or a well-known publisher?
  • Is the information valid and well-researched? That is, are the author's ideas supported with research documented by footnotes, a bibliography, and/or a works cited page.

For more information, please go to:

Critically Analyzing Information Sources: Critical Appraisal and Analysis by Cornell University Library.

Evaluating Web Sites

To evaluate a website, you need to consider those categories according to Cornell University Library, namely the accuracy, the authority, the objectivity ad the currency of web documents.  For details please check:

Evaluating Web Pages: Questions to Consider by Cornell University Library

Plagiarism

What Is Plagiarism

Using the work of another scholar without proper citation, whether that work is available in print or online, is plagiarism, a violation of the Emory Honor Code.  See the Citing your Sources guide for more information.

Style Guides

The Citing Your Sources research guide provides information on why you should cite your sources, plagiarism and how to avoid common mistakes, as well as a list of style manuals. A selected list of style manuals are listed below.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Also in print: 16th ed. Z253 .U69 2010 Reference Desk

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed.
In print: LB2369 .G53 2009 Reference Desk
See the Purdue Online Writing Lab MLA Formatting and Style Guide for some online help.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed.
In print: BF76.7 .P83 2010 Reference Desk
See the Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide for some online help.

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