Blog Post #6

1. “Read sources rhetorically and take purposeful notes.”

This first skill stresses the importance of taking notes while doing your research. In the beginning of your research it is smart to gain some background information on your topic to begin with, and after you get the gist of what you are researching you should start reading books and articles that are more focused on your personal research question. While reading you should highlight and mark information that could be used later in your research. After taking notes on your sources, it is a good idea to record the bibliographic information while you already have the source in hand. Another important step is that you read your sources rhetorically. To do this you should determine the purpose of the source and to determine how that information will be useful to you in your research. Along with evaluating the source you need to find information on the author, such as their credentials and what their point of view on the topic is.

2. “Evaluate sources for reliability, credibility, angle of vision, and degree of advocacy.”

When using sources, it is important to determine if it is reliable. Meaning is the information that is being used factual and accurate, or is it just a bunch of lies written on a paper. It is also important to determine the credibility of the source. Is the author being biased based on their views, or are they equally incorporating both sides of the argument? It is important to use information that is credible, such as honesty and trustworthiness. While reading the source it is important to determine what your author’s point of view is on the topic.

3. “Use your rhetorical knowledge to evaluate Web sources.”

When doing research, the World Wide Web can be beyond useful. It provides information on pretty much every topic there is. Many times there are links to other web pages bringing you further into your research. While the internet can be useful for research, it is very important that the information you are reading is accurate, reliable, and credible. To evaluate sources that we have found online we should evaluate five criteria which include authority, objectivity, coverage, accuracy, and currency.

Book: Tobacco Effects in the Mouth

The main idea of this book is to inform you about the different ways smoking cigarettes effects your oral health, which is pretty much right on point with my research topic. The author of this book is Robert E. Mecklenburg and his credentials include a Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS, and a Master of Public Health, MPH, making him very credible and reliable to use in my research. This book was published in 2000, so the information is still relevant. The topics listed in the table of contents page are topics that I can definitely use to gain useful information for my research. This book contains an introduction section, which states what the overall book is going to be about. I learned that this book is about what smoking does to your teeth, how to care for your teeth, and lastly how to prevent patients from using tobacco. At the end of the book there is a list of fifty references that this author used to get his information, so I feel that I can trust the information that he is stating. There is not an index, but there is an appendix that has a lot of useful information relating to my topic.

Article 1

The Effects of Smoking on Oral Health

The title of this article is very self explanatory; it states word for word what the article is going to be about. The author of the article is Barry H, who is a dentist with ten years of experience in the field, so he is a reliable and credible source. This article was published on February 03, 2012. There is not a table of contents, but there is an abstracts stating the gist of what I can expect to find in the article. At the bottom of the article I found a bibliography of where he got his information from, which is also relevant to my research topic. There is not an index, but after reading this article I found a lot of useful information that I will be able to use in my research paper.

Article 2

Are Oral Health Complaints Related to Smoking Cessation Intentions?

When reading the title of this article, I get that it is going to contain information on how preventing cigarette smoking and oral health. The author of this article is Josine P. Rosseel and he is a dental professional. This article was published in 2010, making the information very relevant still. There is not a table of contents, but this article contains an abstract. The abstract has an objective, methods that were used to obtain their statistics, it states the results of their research, and lastly it has a conclusion. The abstract is pretty much a summary of what is in the actual article. There is a long list of references that were used in their research. When I read this article, I noticed a lot of information that I will be able to use in my research and the information will be credible.


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