Ugs 303: Justice, Liberty, Happiness Source Analysis Worksheet Online Research Guide



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UGS 303: Justice, Liberty, Happiness

Source Analysis Worksheet

Online Research Guide: http://guides.lib.utexas.edu/subjects/guide.php?subject=ugs303pangle
Using the online research guide for your course, plan a search and find 2 scholarly sources that enrich your understanding of the long term cultural significance of the version of Pericles' Funeral Oration, as presented by the historian Thucydides. Consider articles that provide additional information about the speech’s historical context, present modern parallels, or discuss how closely the version is likely to be to the speech that was actually delivered.
Evaluate each source for currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, and purpose by answering the following questions.

Source 1
Source information:

Type of source (article, website, book):


Citation (MLA):

Research log:

Where did you search for this source? (For example, you may have found your article in Academic Search Complete or searched the Library Catalog or Google Books to identify a book chapter)


What keywords did you use to conduct your search? Did you use any other strategies to refine your results?


Purpose:

What is the author’s main argument or thesis?


Are the author’s arguments backed up with evidence? What evidence is used?



Authority:

Who wrote it? What are their qualifications to write about the topic? How did you find this out?

Who published it? Are they reputable? Objective? Who is their intended audience? How did you find out this information?

Is it scholarly or non-scholarly? How do you know?



Currency:

How current is this information? Is it current enough for your research? Is currency important for your paper?



Accuracy:

Where did the author get their information to write this source? Is the source credible?


Evaluation Summary:

Briefly explain why you chose this source. How does it help you enrich your understanding of Pericles' Funeral Oration?


Source 2
Source information:

Type of source (article, website, book):


Citation (MLA):

Research log:

Where did you search for this source? (For example, you may have found your article in Academic Search Complete or searched the Library Catalog or Google Books to identify a book chapter)


What keywords did you use to conduct your search? Did you use any other strategies to refine your results?


Purpose:

What is the author’s main argument or thesis?


Are the author’s arguments backed up with evidence? What evidence is used?



Authority:

Who wrote it? What are their qualifications to write about the topic? How did you find this out?

Who published it? Are they reputable? Objective? Who is their intended audience? How did you find out this information?

Is it scholarly or non-scholarly? How do you know?



Currency:

How current is this information? Is it current enough for your research? Is currency important for your paper?



Accuracy:

Where did the author get their information to write this source? Is the source credible?


Evaluation Summary:

Briefly explain why you chose this source. How does it help you enrich your understanding of Pericles' Funeral Oration?







Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

General Assessment of Assignment

Correctly identifies information and shows a grasp of the material by providing examples and detailed discussion

Identifies information but fails to elaborate on their findings or to provide sufficient examples and discussion.

Fails to discuss their findings and/or misidentifies information.

Source information

Provides full and mostly correct citation for source in MLA format.
Correctly identifies type of source.

Incorrectly formats the citation or misidentifies source type (example: lists an article as a website).

Incomplete or missing citation.
Does not provide source type.

Research log

Thoroughly and correctly describes which resource was used to find the source.
Describes which keywords were most effective in finding a relevant source. May identify strategies used to refine results.

Names resource used to execute research strategy without describing it.
Identifies keywords used in search without addressing their effectiveness in returning relevant sources.

Only provides vague description of what was used to find source (i.e. “the Internet”).
Provides vague or overly broad keywords that indicate no refinement was used in searching or does not provide keywords.

Purpose

Identifies and articulates the main argument or thesis in quotes or as a paraphrase
Identifies author’s evidence using page numbers, citations, and/or clear explanation as to what the evidence is and where it is used.


Summarizes the argument but fails to elaborate or provide specifics, such as the argument’s location in the article.
Identifies evidence but fails to provide specifics, such as page numbers.

Misidentifies the argument or thesis
Misidentifies evidence used by identifying author statements or opinions as evidence.



Authority

Defines the author’s expertise in the subject area and explains research strategy used to find this out.
Correctly identifies the publisher and provides some discussion of its reputation, objectivity and audience.
Shows a good understanding of the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly articles, such as by explaining the peer-review process and authors and/or audience of academic journals.

Defines the author’s expertise without addressing its relation to the relevant subject area. Does not explain any research on authority of author.
Correctly identifies the publisher but does not provide sufficient details on the publisher’s reputation, objectivity, and/or audience.
Shows a basic understanding of the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly articles, but does not explain things like the peer-review process and/or author/audience.

Defines the author’s expertise using unqualified criteria such as tone, statements made in source, and/or undocumented assumptions or does not address the author’s expertise.
Does not correctly identify the publisher.
Shows a lack of understanding of the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly articles (i.e. “scholarly articles are better”).

Currency

Specifically states date or age of article and explains currency of article compared to other comparable articles (i.e. “this was the most recent result in my search”).

Gives an arbitrary date range for currency (i.e. “it’s less than five years old”), or does not explain significance of this date.

Does not elaborate on currency of article (i.e. “it is current”).


Accuracy

Identifies the use of author research in the form of citations and evidence.

Identifies the use of author research without specific discussion of the citations and evidence used by the author.

Misidentifies the use of research by identifying author statements or opinions as evidence or does not identify the use of research.

Evaluation Summary

Explains why article was of interest to student by comparing it with student’s experience, major, etc or explains how this article shed light on aspects of Pericles’ Funeral Oration that were not clear to student at first using examples.

Explains that the article helps them to understand Pericles’ Funeral Oration with little to no explanation or examples.

Gives a vague reason for choosing article or does not explain how this article helps student understand Pericles’ Funeral Oration (i.e. “I could only find a few articles so I chose this one”).




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