HW9 pgs. 850-860

Asking Reporters Questions

  • Who is the author asking?
  • What is the text about?
  • What is the quality of the information?
  • When was the text published?
  • When was the website published?
  • When was the website last updated?
  • Why was this information published?
  • Where was the item published?
  • How accurate is the information in the source?

Evaluating Sources

So I think all of my sources are rather legit because of where they are published. All of my sources stand by what they write. I mean obviously. One of them is a text book which is what we read for school. Two are from the American Libraries Association and they are the ones who deal with the books that are challenged. Then the four other sources are found on Edsco host which deals with articles and journals. And journals that are worthing reading would be found on our libraries website. I chose these places for the soul fact that they are legitimate sources. The ALA is an association that deals with the books that are challenged and/or banned. They can give me statistics. I chose the journals for the fact that the people had different points of view and it is interesting to see and to be able to show these different points of view.

How I found the sources and why.

Ok so I found the New York Times articles by going to the New York times website. I choose them because they both talked about the banning of books or the censorship of stuff in books. I found the other articles 4, 5 , 7, and 9 by going to Ebsco host. I went there because I wanted legitimate journal articles that I could probably get at our library if needed. All of the articles are from people who are either defending or supporting the banning and cenorship of books and I believe that to have a good argument you need to have both sides. I can’t stand when people only give one sided agruments, it’s not right. I took the books source because it quoted our first admendment right, which I will probably in the end taking from a different source but as of right now its from that source. The reason I might end up using a different source for the quote because I’m not sure if I can borrow it from my friend when I need to. I got the others sources from the ALA because thats what ALA’s job is, they take the requests of challenged books. I chose this site because they can give me statistics of how many books were challenged each year, how many books have been banned over the years and how many times they have been banned, and they can also tell me the reasons they were challenged. Another thing that it says on the website is how to ban a book, so that I could show the reader if I desired to, how hard or easy it is to challenge a book and try to get it banned.

8 Sources

1.  Banned andChallenged Classics, (2009). ALA American Library Association. [Online]  Available:         


2.  Barbour, C., Streb, M., Wolf, M., and Wright, G., (2006). Keeping the Republic Power and Citizenship in American Politics The   Essentials. pp. 696.

3.  Bosman, Julie, (2007, February). With One Word, Children’s Book Sets Off Uproar. New York Times. [Online] Available:          


4.  Scales, Pat, (2008, September). Too Much Information?. School Library Journal;    Sep2008, Vol. 54 Issue 9, p27-27,1p, 1 color

5.   Cohen, Patricia, (2009, August). Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book. New York Times. [Online] Available:


6.   Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2008, (2009).  ALA American Library Association. [Online]  Available:  http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/2008/index.cfm

7.    Kidd, Kenneth, (2009, September). “Not Censorship but Selection”: Censorship and/as Prizing; Children’s Literature in Education; Sep2009, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p197-216, 20p

8.    Connelly, Deborah S., (2009, April-June). “To Read or Not To Read: Understanding Book Censorship“; Community & Junior College Libraries; Apr-Jun2009, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p83-90, 8p

9.    Scales, Pat, (2009, Sept-Oct). What Makes a Good Banned Book?; Horn Book Magazine; Sep/Oct2009, Vol. 85 Issue 5, p533-536, 4p