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Science of Sound: PHYS 0872

This guide is for students in Science of Sound: PHYS 0872

Evaluate Each Source For...


  • Who wrote or what organization is responsible for the piece? Are they qualified to talk about the topic?
  • Is there sufficient evidence to support the conclusions given?


  • When was the piece written? If long ago, has there been new research on the topic?
  • Are enough details given?
  • Does the author acknowledge any criticisms of or contradictions to these findings in the field? Does the author respond reasonably to those criticisms and contradictions?


  • Is the piece objective or one-sided? (One-sidedness is a sign that it may not be reasonable)
  • Is there a conflict of interest - would the author or funding agency want the study to turn out a certain way?
  • Does the author make bigger claims than the evidence supports?
  • Does the language used reflect opinions or biases, ie "lonely men hunt the innocent creatures..."?


  • What is the source of the information? Are there links, lists, or detailed mentions of where the information came from?
  • Is there contact information for the author or organization responsible for the information?


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