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QUEST - MMSD Research Model: Evaluate

Question, Understand, Evaluate, Synthesize, Transform - MMSD research process in the Common Core State Writing Standards

QUEST Research Model

Eagleton, Maya B., and Elizabeth Dobler. Reading the Web: Strategies for Internet Inquiry. New York:  Guilford, 2007. Print. 
(Reprinted with permission of the Guilford Press)

Reading as a researcher

Evaluating your sources requires reading with a critical lens. Asking these questions as you read will help your research:

1.  Am I reading facts that are presented to inform?  Or am I reading an argument designed to persuade?

2.  If an argument, what is the author's claim and what evidence/data is used to support the claim? What analysis/reasoning/warrant is used to convince readers, either through logic or emotion? 

3.  How has the author's background influenced his/her perspective?

4.  What other sources corroborate this information? What other perspectives need to be included?

Evaluate: Is this what I need?

Not only do you want to evaluate the quality of your sources for Purpose, Authority, Currency and Accuracy you also want to ask yourself - are they helpful to your research task?

Reflect on your process so far by asking yourself the following questions:

1.  What have I learned so far?

2.  What could I argue with this information or what will be my claim?

3.  What additional information do I need to make a focused argument?

4.  Should I abandon some of these sources and/or find new ones?

5.  What are some new concepts, keywords, or subject terms I'll use to find additional information?

6.  What databases and other sources have I tried so far? What additional sources should I try?