Secondary Sources

When you’re searching for secondary source material to support your claims, you want to keep some basic ideas in mind:

  • Your source material should be relevant to your content.
  • Your source material should be credible, as you want your sources to help you build your ethos.
  • Your source material should be current enough to feel relevant to your audience.

Before you make your final decisions about the sources you’ll use in your argumentative essay, it’s important to review the following pages and take advantage of the helpful source credibility checklist below.

There are two versions of the checklist below. The first is a printable PDF file, and the second is an interactive PDF file. In some browsers, you may need to download or save this file to be able to utilize all of its functionality.

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