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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    And what would a "we in academia" consider a reliable source? A peer reviewed paper in a journal as opposed to an article written by one of the highest regarded experts in my field published in a magazine?
    No college allows magazine citations. It doesn't matter who writes it. Go to their reviewed material and cite that.

    The reason someone esteemed and academically published would write in a magazine is because such a format permits under-substantiated speculation.

    So, use their reviewed material.
    Last edited by ecofarm; 11-22-14 at 10:54 PM.

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Not really. Some source mediums are simply not acceptable, no matter who they claim wrote the article, like magazines.

    Note my edit above.
    And yet the Congressional research service often uses newspaper and magazine articles as their primary sources and magazine articles from something like The Economist are far more credible than some jacklegged populist diatribe that happens to have a bind. Context is everything and many people who write them fancy books also write magazine articles and also write blogs. There is no credibility gap because of the medium any more.

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Some college students have done their Master's Thesis on Gilligan's Island. Should they preclude interviews and quotes of the creators and/or actors if they happened to come from an entertainment magazine?
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    There is no credibility gap because of the medium any more.
    Yes, there's no difference between reviewed and not-reviewed material.



    Do you understand the purpose of reviews? It's to establish credibility.

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    ...but only if it's a clickable link.
    rofl!

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Some college students have done their Master's Thesis on Gilligan's Island. Should they preclude interviews and quotes of the creators and/or actors if they happened to come from an entertainment magazine?

    I agree. There are many technology issues that are so recent they are ONLY written about in magazines; no one has done a book on them yet. Should the student just not write about that issue?

    Maybe Ecofarm only studied 1500 BC history or something...

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Some college students have done their Master's Thesis on Gilligan's Island. Should they preclude interviews and quotes of the creators and/or actors if they happened to come from an entertainment magazine?
    How is an actor's opinion materially relevant?

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    rofl!
    Yeah, laugh real hard. He made that up. I claimed no such thing. I have no problem with material not available online.

    He confused "material with reviews" and "material online". I know, that's ridiculous, but it's what he did.

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Yes, there's no difference between reviewed and not-reviewed material.



    Do you understand the purpose of reviews? It's to establish credibility.
    I understand that people get paid very well to have their name appear in association with somebody else's book. Some of those folks make thousands of dollars just lending their credibility to the dust jacket. Those glowing reviews do not happen for free.

    Still depends on the context.

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    Re: Is a book or magazine a valid source?

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    I agree. There are many technology issues that are so recent they are ONLY written about in magazines; no one has done a book on them yet. Should the student just not write about that issue?
    Idiocy. Where do you think the material from magazine come from? No one does research and publishes it in a magazine first. They might publish in a magazine after a journal, so that they have leeway in making under-substantiated conclusions and personal remarks.

    Maybe Ecofarm only studied 1500 BC history or something...
    It doesn't appear you ever studied, except perhaps Gilligan's Island.


    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    I understand that people get paid very well to have their name appear in association with somebody else's book. Some of those folks make thousands of dollars just lending their credibility to the dust jacket.
    Who cares? Books are professionally reviewed.

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