More on Commenting on Sources
When you use a source in your own writing, it is usually customary (depending
on audience) for you to not merely present source information, but to also
comment on the source before and after using summaries or quotes. Of
course this can involve commenting both on rhetorical choices and also
subject-matter or arguments.
- audience--who was this written for, and am I part of them? What
might be the basis of the author's ideas (warrants) that their audience
requires (that I share with them or don't share with them)?
- personal opinion--it's ok and even desirable to state your opinion about
rhetorical choices and subject-matter choices depending
- evaluation--angle of vision (politics; agenda)? degree of advocacy
(tone; fairness)? reliability (logical fallacies)? credibility (tone;
- give examples for or against the source
- rebuttal--where and how exactly do you want to make a counter argument to
what they are saying?
- interpretation--what does what they are saying mean? What does it
mean for your essay?