Personal Communication

Information Literacy Module V: Preparing to Use Information Ethically

Personal communications are valuable but non-traditional research sources. Many students may wonder whether they need to give credit for interviews and emails. The fact is that not only do you need to give credit to this type of source, but doing so will strengthen the point you’re supporting with the evidence you gathered through this personal communication. After all, you sought out someone who is an expert (whether through personal or professional experience) in the subject you’re researching. Giving credit to this kind of source will lend credibility to your writing or speaking.

Guiding Your Research
 Give an example of a valuable source you might be able to contact through personal communication.  What is his or her expertise on your topic? How would you introduce this source to your audience as someone they should believe and trust?


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