Chose two classmates and respond to their drafts. In each of your two responses, answer the questions below:
- Source Identification.
Find the part of your classmate’s entry that identifies the background/credentials of the source’s author/s. Now, do one (1) of the following:
- Try to rewrite your classmate’s source identification using fewer words, but without sacrificing essential information. Copy your experimental rewrite into your response as item #1.(If you’re not sure about what you’re recommending, go ahead and say so. Even tentative recommendations are better than not offering any potentially helpful suggestions at all.)
- Is the original source identification already so concise that you see no possibilities for shortening? If so, consider whether there is enough information here for readers to understand the nature of the source. For example, is the source identified merely as a “professor” or as a “researcher” with no additional information about these credentials? If so, point this out. Explain why you think more explanation of the source may be needed.
- If you see no opportunities to further strengthen the source identification, just copy and paste the entry’s sentence containing the source identification into your response as item #1.
- Alignment between entry and research question. Does any part of the source write-up seem unrelated, or tangentially related, to the main research question?
- If yes, identify that content, and explain.
- If no part of the entry seems unrelated or tangentially related, then identify one sentence in the entry that illustrates the tight connection between the entry content and the research question, and copy that sentence into your response as item #2.
- Presence of summary of support for claims. Does the entry explain how the source author/s arrived at the conclusions that are being summarized in this entry? Copy the sentences that address the HOW? question as item #3. If discussion of “how” appears throughout the entry, you can copy the entire entry as item #3 and boldface all of the parts that address the HOW? question.
- Quantity of information on “how.”
Does the entry possibly provide too much information, or too little information, about how the source supports its claims?
- If yes, explain.
- If no–i.e., the entry seems to you to provide just the right amount of information–then explain why you find the amount to be just right. (For example, “the entry explains that the researchers surveyed teenagers, but it doesn’t include unnecessary details about the survey.”)
- Accessible language. Does the entry include any specialist language that might not be accessible to non-specialist readers?
- If yes, copy and paste 1-2 examples into your response as item #5.
- If no, identify one sentence in which a specialized idea is presented in clear, accessible language, and copy that sentence into your response as item #5.
- Citation. Is the citation complete and correct?
- If yes, just write “yes.
- If no, explain what is missing, or what is unclear, or what is not formatted correctly.