Hidden Assumptions in Paper

Be careful with older sources even I mentioned you know it’s okay in literary studies to use older sources but even then I want to be careful if I’m using a source it’s maybe fifty years old it’s not that the facts are changing you know the the research is not going on a date but sometimes just the trends in the field will change over time and so I might want to just think twice before I use a source that was you know 50 or 100 years old same thing I would say like in Psych are not psychology but um theology and then be careful too with popular works these are books that you know you they usually have the breakfront covers and they might be bestsellers same thing with magazines popular magazines would be ones like you know that has a glossy pages and pictures in them things like National Geographic and Time and Newsweek and that sort of thing. Check out articles about preparing your research at Edusson.

The information in these works is usually quite good but they don’t typically cite their sources which means again that they’re not written for a college-level academic audience and so be careful it popular works in some cases they might be fine to cite and it really depends on the type of paper that you’re writing and and your goals with your paper that’s another thing if you’re not sure talk to your professors about it but usually if the source is not itself citing sources you know if it doesn’t have and notes your parenthetical citations it may not be a good source for you to cite so so think carefully about that and then find out what you can about the author a lot of books you know have an about the author section sometimes you know magazines and journals will have a little blurb about the author as well you might need to do a little bit of research on the internet to find out about the author is this person qualified to be writing on this topic and if you run into a source that does not have an author really think twice about citing that source sources that don’t have authors they you know is there a reason why they’re trying to be anonymous it could have been group Lassard but you know it just you really can’t know whether it’s a reliable source or not if you don’t know who wrote it and then this kind of leads into the next point here.

Be aware of hidden assumptions and biases notice I didn’t say here don’t use bias sources because every source is bias to an extent we all have biases that we you know that shape it’s really kind of like our worldview it’s the way that we think and the way that we kind of interpret the world so they have biases but two things about this one hidden biases sometimes people will come out and say okay I’m writing this from a Christian perspective or maybe I’m writing this from and Marxist perspective and so then you know what their biases but other times they won’t tell you and you have kind of real long and figured out yourself.