In 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 rehtorical analysis of the argument/validity of the article or chapter. For the Research Journal, you will complete a total of five 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 periodicals directory.
  4. Determine the credibility of your source. Questions to consider: how long has the publication been in print? What's its ciruclation? Who is its intended audience? Who is the publisher? What are the author's credentials? Impt: 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. 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.
  7. Analyze the author's argument and recommend the source or not, describing its merits or lack of, and its agenda.
    1. What facts and perspectives are 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 is 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?