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Agriculture (general)

General agricultural resources for Penn State faculty, staff and students

The Source Steps: APPLY

Authority established.

  • Does the author have education, experience, and expertise in the field?

Purpose/Point of view.

  • Does the author have an agenda beyond education or information?


  • Does the publisher have an agenda?

List of sources (bibliography).

  • Is the evidence reliable, sensible, and accessible?

Year of publication.

  • Does the date of publication affect the information? 

Practice using APPLY

After browsing the above article, give your opinion on it with regards to the 5 APPLY elements listed below.