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1.2c Identifying the purpose and audience of potential sources of information

This section discusses this topic in broad and general terms. It is useful to understand that there is some underlying reason or motivation in the production of information. It may be to further research and knowledge that has been discovered. It may be to sell something. The motivation may be to sway the audience to a particular point of view. The important thing to remember is that the production of all information involves biases, viewpoints, opinions, and editing (what is included and what is left out).

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The Writing Center at Colorado State University has developed an excellent web site about evaluating sources. Applying this information will help you to discern appropriate sources of information to complete your college assignments. This guide is available by clicking HERE.
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