Amy MAtter
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hi, I'm currently completing my epq based on the hygiene hypothesis and i have no idea where to start on my analysis of sources? anyone got any suggestions
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Make a table on a word document with the headings:
-Title of source
-Author of source
-Date of source
-Summary of source content
-Reliability of source
-Other
-Overall

I'll do a short example of how to fill these in, using this source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55086927

-Title of source: Article titled 'Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained'

-Author of source: BBC News Health Editor, Michelle Roberts

-Date of source: 27th November 2020

-Summary of source content: (You should write any information that will be useful for you when writing your EPQ report). The content of the source explains how a Covid vaccine being developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca has caused a 'dose error'. The article mentions several statistics, such as: 'in the larger group of nearly 9,000 volunteers, who were given two full doses also four weeks apart, efficacy was 62%'. etc...

-Reliability of source: (This is the important part-you must analyze every part of the source) The date of the source renders the source very reliable as it is recent and therefore the information is not likely to be out-dated and incorrect. However, the source's author, the BBC, is not an entirely reliable source since journalism can often be laced with bias and does not represent the full picture in the same way a scientific journal would. The information that the 'efficacy of the vaccine was 62%' can also be contested by this scientific article (insert article here), which states that the vaccine is X% effective. This devalues the reliability of the source.

-Other: Any other comments for future you

-Overall: Overall, the source is fairly reliable but the source's value is significantly reduced by XYZ....

Bear in mind that I completely made all of that information up and I didn't even read the article. But I hope you get the idea!
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(Original post by chloenix)
Make a table on a word document with the headings:
-Title of source
-Author of source
-Date of source
-Summary of source content
-Reliability of source
-Other
-Overall

I'll do a short example of how to fill these in, using this source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55086927

-Title of source: Article titled 'Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained'

-Author of source: BBC News Health Editor, Michelle Roberts

-Date of source: 27th November 2020

-Summary of source content: (You should write any information that will be useful for you when writing your EPQ report). The content of the source explains how a Covid vaccine being developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca has caused a 'dose error'. The article mentions several statistics, such as: 'in the larger group of nearly 9,000 volunteers, who were given two full doses also four weeks apart, efficacy was 62%'. etc...

-Reliability of source: (This is the important part-you must analyze every part of the source) The date of the source renders the source very reliable as it is recent and therefore the information is not likely to be out-dated and incorrect. However, the source's author, the BBC, is not an entirely reliable source since journalism can often be laced with bias and does not represent the full picture in the same way a scientific journal would. The information that the 'efficacy of the vaccine was 62%' can also be contested by this scientific article (insert article here), which states that the vaccine is X% effective. This devalues the reliability of the source.

-Other: Any other comments for future you

-Overall: Overall, the source is fairly reliable but the source's value is significantly reduced by XYZ....

Bear in mind that I completely made all of that information up and I didn't even read the article. But I hope you get the idea!
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