Annotating Your Sources
Before you begin, make sure you have:
Selected sources from the Opposing Viewpoints database or the Academic Search Ultimate database
At least one of your three sources should present a counterargument, a position that an opponent of your argument might make
Applied the C.R.A.A.P test to the sources to determine if they are credible and reliable (You can download a copy of The C.R.A.A.P. Test Worksheet. Remember that credible sources should score 35 points or more on the test.) Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
1. Identify your sources, including author, title, and the database information or website.
2. Summarize your source. (Use the template below.)
It seems this source is arguing ____________________.
This source is using this evidence to support the argument: ____________________.
3. Credibility and Relevance
Explain the rationale for the credibility of the source by providing supporting evidence. (Use the template below.)
o Personally, I believe the source is doing a (good job / bad job) of supporting its arguments because ____________________.
Explain the relevance of the source to your argument. (Use the template below.) o I think this source will be very helpful in supporting my argument because ________________________.
-OR I will work to refute this counterargument in my essay by _