Personal Project Research & Evaluating Sources

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Evaluating Sources

There are different methods in evaluating sources. Here are a few different methods:

PurposeRelevance. Objectivity 

 Overall, here are some  guiding questions to consider:

ASSESSMENT: There are different methods of questioning. Here are TWO: The SIFT Method (Stop, Investigate, Find, & Trace) and the R U 4 REAL Checklist

 Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?

Want to review the SIFT method for evaluating your research?


First, stop and question....

Investigate the Source

Then, ask yourself some questions: 

Find Better Coverage

Trace Claims

Does the original source of the information say the same thing as the source you found? 

Examples of Evaluating a Source

Example 1

"Understanding the 12 principles of animation." Adobe, Accessed 23 Sept. 2022.

 This article is published by Adobe, a multinational computer software company that specializes in multimedia programs for animation, video, graphics, illustration, and photography. While the company obviously is promoting its products on its site, the article reads more informative and educational about the 12 principles of animation; therefore, it seems reliable and consistent with the other sources on my bibliography.

Example 2

Hurtt, Chris. "Squash and Stretch: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation." Animation Mentor, 5 June 2017,

The article is written by a professional animator from the online animation school called Animation Mentor. This information is consistent from what I am seeing from other sources that I have consulted, so it seems reliable. The aim of the website is to educate individuals who are interested in animation; the information is presented in an unbiased way. The links are working and up-to-date and information is relatively recent from 2017.

Example 3

Cox, Shanoon. "10 Best 2D Animation Software in 2022 [Free/Paid]." Filmora, Wondershare, 5 Sept. 2022, Accessed 23 Sept. 2022.

Wondershare is a technology group based out of China providing technical information for consumers. They produced a webpage geared toward people who use Filmora Video Editing software and include articles that could relate to their consumers' interests such as animation. The information is well organized and detail oriented and provides a good overview of different 2D animation softwares on the market.

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