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ENGL 110 (Sybil Priebe's Class)

Comparing Sources

Intended audience The general public Researchers, experts, and student
Authors Staff writers Researchers and experts
Are sources cited? Not often Always (required for publication)
Purpose To provide general information and to entertain the reader To disseminate research findings
Content   General interest stories/news Reports on research
Publisher Commercial organizations Universities, associations, or scholarly publishing companies
Is the source trustworthy? Generally, yes. But the authors are not experts, the editors aren't experts, and the information isn't cited Yes. Before publication the information goes through expert review

Information gathered from UNC's University Libraries