(Original post by SixthForm007)
For my EPQ i have to write section explaining the sources i used and why i used them.
I am struggling quite a bit with this part so can someone PLEASE help me?
Textbooks - Why are they reliable and valid sources of information
Websites - Why are they reliable and valid sources of information
Journal Articles - Why are they reliable and valid sources of Information
If someone can help me out that would be greatly appreciated
P.S Sorry if this is in the wrong section
I think that the only reasons you find this hard are because a) it's quite boring, b) you're thinking too much into it. All you have to do is take a step back and ask yourself as simply as possible why you ended up using the sources in the first place.
For example (don't necessarily use/copy this):
Textbooks have a lot of information all in the same place written by qualified authors/experts on the subjects. They are reliable because usually many authors contribute to them and they are looked over by a group of editors before print. They are valid because of the expert knowledge the authors have on the subject.
Websites are reliable as they can be seen by many people and criticised more easily if they contain unfactual information. They are valid because there is an organisation, author and date attached to each article so you should be able to trust it if these three pieces of information are very relevant.
Journals are very reliable as they are part of an academic community which review the articles very regularly and so can always be checked if other experts agree with it. They are valid because the author is very interested in the topic and has submitted it to a pool of experts so must make sure it is of good quality.
Hope this helps!