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Reliable Sources Worksheet Essay

Source 1

•Author: Wilson, Wendy Bedwell
•Date: March 2012
•Title: From Trash to Treasure
•Publication: Dog World. 97 Issue 3, p20-21, 2p

Write a 100- to 150-word response to each of the following questions:

•Is the source reliable? How do you know?

This source is very reliable; this magazine has been around for almost 100 yrs. Dog World is a monthly magazine aimed at the community of serious dog enthusiasts and participants, including breeders; conformation exhibitors; obedience, agility, herding and field trial competitors; veterinarians; groomers; and trainers.

•Is the information relevant to the topic?

Yes this story is about a dog rescuer from NJ who picks up dogs from high kill shelters down in West Virginia and brings them back up to be placed in foster homes. On her trip back up she witnessed someone tossing a dog out on the side of the road and leaving it there. Out of curiosity she pulled over where the dog was dropped off to investigate and found a malnourished and injured dog. After 20 minutes they were able to capture the dog and bring it to NJ where its was seen by veterinarians who were able to nurse the dog back to health.

•Does the information reflect a bias on the author’s part? If so, what is the bias?

I did not read any bias material within the article, there was no mention of any retribution toward the original owners. This article basically told a story about how a dog’s life was turned around after a person who carries about dogs rescued this dog and now uses it to help rehabilitate other dogs that have been abused.

Source 2

•Author: Redwine, Arlo
•Date: April 2012
•Title: Going the Distance
•Publication: Dealernews, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p18-28, 7p

Write a 100- to 150-word response to each of the following questions:

•Is the source reliable? How do you know?

Dealer News is a trade publication that has been around for 17 years. This publication provides news and information for dealers, manufacturers and distributors in the motorcycle and accessory industries. I do not know how reliable this source is due to this is a trade publication and can post bias reviews.

•Is the information relevant to the topic?

“Going the distance” is relevant to the topic because the author talks about how a young “go getter” started a motorcycle dealership in the late 70’s. The story tells how this young man grew his business from the ground up to one of the largest Harley Davidson dealerships in the Junction City, Kansas area.

•Does the information reflect a bias on the author’s part? If so, what is the bias?

Yes the information is bias on the author’s part due to the fact that he is telling a story from the eyes of the owner of this dealership. The author does not tell the readers the challenges that took place from competitors or the manufactures that he represented in his store.


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