In a minimum of a two page, double spaced, typed document, review an article or book chapter. The Source Review should provide a critical analysis of the credibility of the source or author, a detailed summary of the article or chapter, and a rhetorical analysis of the argument/validity of the article or chapter. For WP 2?, you will complete a total of three Source Reviews, and these should all represent varying perspectives on the issue you are investigating.

  1. The Source Review should be formatted according to MLA conventions.
  2. At the top of your page, cite this source using the correct MLA citation style.
  3. Identify what type of source you are citing. Is the publication in which your article appears a periodical? a scholarly journal? a daily newspaper? It's important that you understand the difference in order to correctly cite your source and to be able to evaluate important rhetorical elements of the piece. If you're not sure what kind of periodical you are citing, consult Ulrich's Periodcials Directory. Access this database by clicking on our Learning Community E Library Guide, and clicking on the "Evaluating Sources" tab.
  4. Determine the credibility of your source. Questions to consider: how long has the publication been in print? What's its circulation? Who is its intended audience? Who is the publisher? What are the author's credentials? Important: If you are citing a chapter from a book or an anthology, thoroughly discuss the AUTHOR'S credentials. If you are citing a periodical, discuss the credibility of the SOURCE.
  5. Summarize the author's argument and supporting points, in your own words.
  6. Choose a Quote from the author. Identify what you think will be the most relevant direct quotation that you may want to use in your paper, and incorporate the quotation into your own writing, introducing and contextualizing the quote.
  7. Analyze the author's argument, describing its merits or lack of, and the author's agenda.
    1. What facts and perspectives is the author representing, and which ones are being left out, why?
    2. What are the political, social, economic, etc. biases? Does the original journal, magazine, book that this article was published in lean towards any political, social, or economic bias? Who are the publication's intended audience?
    3. What forms of rhetorical elements does the author employ...logical arguments based on facts and statistics, or emotional appeals? Does the author quote other experts to bolster his or her own argument?

Sample Source Review