Blog Post #6

Skill 21.1 Read sources rhetorically and take purposeful notes.

When we found any kind of source book or journal we should read the book in different ways depending on how far we are in our research process. First a quick lecture will help us to find if the book or journal is worth it for our project, once we have determinate that we are going to continue working with them we should make a deep lecture trying to find the information that we need. While we are doing the lecture we should take notes that will help us later to write our research paper and also to combine the information from different sources. When we have selected our sources we should also create a work cited pages with all the information from our sources so we won’t forget later.

Skill 21.2 Evaluate sources for reliability, credibility, angle of vision, and degree of advocacy.

While reading the sources we should look how the author is presenting the facts and if he is covering all the angles of vision and not only the one that he thinks is correct. Depending on how the author is explaining the facts in the paper it will be easier for him or her to convince the readers about his or her ideas. Also if the information of the author can be found easily the readers will trust him or her easily.

Skill 21.3 Use your rhetorical knowledge to evaluate Web sources.

When we have a Web source sometimes is easy to fall for it because the way that is presented to us. Usually web sources are easier to read and have more images than scholarly articles. We have to be cautious with web sources and make sure that we can find all the information that we will be able to find in a book. We will need a reliable author in which we can trust and be able to trust what he is saying, also we should be able to compare information present in that web with other information that we have found in other sources.

Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Americas is the title of the book that I have found for my research. The main author of this book is Francisco Dallmeier who has done other previous publications and is the Head of the Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability (CCES) of the Smithsonian conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Looking at his job position and his previous publications he seems to be a reputable source with high knowledge in the topic. The book was published in 2010 and was published by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. The book is organized by different areas in the Americas and different aspects that are influence by Climate Change. There is citation of different sources in the table of contents and also in the book, these citations are from different sources most of the scholarly.

Article 1: How does Climate Change Affect Biodiversity? by Miguel B. Araújo who works in the Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. The publication of this journal was made in 2006, after this publication the author has done other different publications about this topic or other related to Climate Change.

Article 2: Climate Change, Keystone Predation, and Biodiversity Loss, Christopher D. G. Harley who works in the University of British Columbia and has published other different research papers about Climate Change and how it affects biodiversity in different places. This journal is from 2011 making the information present on it still valid since all what authors can do it try to predict how the Climate Change is going to affect the biodiversity.

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