Evaluating a Source’s Ethos

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Les Black

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Les Black


1. Open a document and put the full bibliographic citation of one source at the top of the page.

2. Work through the following prompts to analyze the authority and credibility of the source:

  • Author: Who is/are the author/s? How and why do they have the authority or credibility to write/talk about this topic? Do they have special education? Specific experiences? (You can ask these same questions of editors!)
  • Publishing Venue: Where did you find this source? What are the processes for work to be published/shared at this location? Who vets publications/sharing?
  • Publishing Process: What process did the author/s have to go through to get this work published? Were there editors who vetted the work? Peer reviewers?
  • Reference Network: Who is referenced in the source? What other sources are referenced in the source? Does that source appear connected to major discussions around the topic or in the disciplinary/professional field?

3. Share-out: In the comments thread, upload a document with your notes or provide a link to where you have posted your notes elsewhere (make sure they are posted publicly).

3 thoughts on “Evaluating a Source’s Ethos

  1. Sam Harpin

    S. Michaud, ‘PRECISE DETERMINATION OF VESSEL SQUAT AND UNDER-KEEL CLEARANCE’,Transportation Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, vol. 4, pp. 1-9, 2002.
    S Michaud
    Centre for Research in Geomatics, University of Laval
    B Morse
    Centre for Research in Geomatics and Department of Civil Engineering, University of Laval
    R Santerre
    Centre for Research in Geomatics, University of Laval
    A Taschereau
    Transportation Development Centre, Transport Canada
    J Siles
    Centre for Research in Geomatics, University of Laval
    Laval University: Ranked top 10 Canadian universities in research funding
    Transport Canada: Canadian government department regulating transportation
    All authors come from reputable educational or government sources related to computational sciences or maritime transportation.
    Publish Venue-
    Article comes from a Transportation Conference from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, a professional engineering organization.
    Reference Network
    Other sources reference include “Phenomenon of Ship Squat” from the journal of International Shipbuilding Progress, “Experimental investigation into Some Aspects of Large Vessel Navigation in Restricted Water Ways from a maritime symposium , and a research paper by the Canadian Coast Guard’s hydraulic research department. All sources are legitimate.
    With professional authors, venue, and sources this paper should vette as legitimate.

    Attachment:  l2larticle.docx

  2. Shauna Richards

    1. The Authors are Mohd Azman Abdullah, Muhd Ridzuan Mansor, Musthafah Mohd Tahir, Abdul Kudus, Syahibudil Ikhwan, Muhammad Zahir Hassan, Mad Nasir Ngadiman. They are credible authors for this particular topic because they participated in the design and development of fabricating two separate formula vehicles. They were published in 2013 and were edited by the International Scientific Academy of Engineering and Technology.
    2. I found this article in Google Scholar, in order to be utilized in this location, the journal document must be determined to be valid for scientific study by Muhd Ridzuan Mansor.
    3. In order to be published, the authors had to meet the editing requirements designated by the International Scientific Academy of Engineering and Technology.
    4. The various team members are referenced as well as the other articles of study such as Automotive and Motorsport Engineering from Brunel University, UK.

  3. Edward Conley

    [1] J. A. Kornuta and S. M. Guo, “Rocket nozzle payload design for a high-altitude student platform,” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, vol. 36, pp. 235-247, 2008.
    The authors Jeffrey A. Kornuta and S. M. Guo both have degrees in mechanical engineering and work for Louisiana State University.
    Publishing Venue:
    This source was found using ODU’s database library using a journal article search. The article was published by Manchester University Press. The article has to be written by a scholar.
    Publishing Process:
    The article had to be peer reviewed and approved by the University.
    Reference Network:
    [1] G. Hart, W. B. Rudman, A. Armstrong, A., et al., Road Map for National Security: Imperative for
    Change, Phase III Report of the US Commission on National Security/21st Century (Washington,
    DC, 2001), http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/nssg/PhaseIIIFR.pdf.

    [2] R. S. Walker, F. W. Peters, B. Aldrin, et al., Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the
    United States Aerospace Industry (Arlington, Virginia, 2002), http://www.spacefoundation.org/

    [3] B. C. Aldridge, Jr, C. S. Fiorina, M. P. Jackson, L. A. Leshin, L. L. Lyles, P. O. Spudis, N. D. Tyson,
    R. S. Walker and M. T. Zuber, Report of the President’s Commission on Implementation of United
    States Space Exploration Policy (Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Offi ce,
    Washington, DC, 2004).

    [4] Mark L. Villemarette, ‘Thrust stand measures thrusts of <1 pound’, NASA Tech Briefs MSC-

    [5] T. G. Guzik, J. H. Adams, H. S. Ahn, et al., ‘The advanced thin lonization calorimeter (ATIC) for
    studies of high energy cosmic rays’, Proc. 26th Int. Cosmic Ray Conf. (Salt Lake City, 1999), 5,

    [6] T. G. Guzik, J. H. Adams, H. S. Ahn, et al., ‘The ATIC long duration balloon project’, Adv. Space
    Res., 33 (2003), 1763–1770.
    The source does appear to be interrelated to sounding rockets in the aerospace engineering field.

    Attachment:  mae434W.docx

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