Worksheet: Identifying Academic Sources

Skill Focus: identifying academic sources

ESL Area: EAP, college, writing, research

Worksheet Download: finding-academic-sources-worksheet.docx


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An academic source is a study or article that has been published by an academic publication (book or journal). In this publication process, the work is peer-reviewed, thereby ensuring it has met a certain standard in research/accuracy.

This is a simple worksheet that asks students to review a list of URLs and determine which are academic sources. Afterwards, they are asked to find an academic source of their own. For answers, see below.

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Conducting Research: Identifying Academic Sources

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2014/05/12/1-trait-that-can-make-or-break-your-reputation-in-business/#2e67327224ab

 

  1. https://hbr.org/2014/01/the-cultural-perils-of-clockwatching

 

  1. Book: Time Management by Mike Hardy (Preview here: https://books.google.ca/books/about/Time_Management.html?id=TlsaswEACAAJ&source=kp_book_description )

 

  1. https://www.academia.edu/13965613/What_is_the_Meaning_of_On_Time_Standards_of_Punctuality_in_Estonia_Morocco_and_the_United_States

 

  1. https://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/struggles-of-being-the-only-punctual-person

 

Part 1: Questions

A) Which of the above sources are academic peer-reviewed sources?

 

B) Which source(s) is/are the least reliable and therefore unsuitable for an assignment? What makes them seem unreliable?

 

Part 2: Finding a Source

Imagine you are writing an essay on the value of punctuality (being on time). Find an academic source on this topic and paste its link or information below.

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Optional Extension

If you want students to practice writing an APA (or MLA) Reference entry, you could include a question in Part 1 asking students to write Reference page entries for each academic source.

Worksheet Answers

  • Part 1 A) Sources 3 and 4 are academic peer-reviewed sources. Source #2, from Harvard, is not peer-reviewed.
  • Part 1 B) Source 5 seems like the least reliable. Clues: advertisements and memes abound, tone is not serious, lack of in-text citations/references, etc.

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