What is the next thing that you want to check according to this approach is the relevance of the source of information. The thing is that, only by the phrase about the minimum wage you might not find the relevant information for something like “why minimum wage should not be raised” essay. The essay you might come across on the internet or the academic article may discuss the reasons in favor of increasing the minimum wages or looking back at the history of this issue. But you won’t find the relevant sources against this policy. So what can you do to find the most targeted sources? The answer is simple. Refine your search query and you will find them. What’s better, they have all chances to appear the most original from all the ones used by your classmates. that’s why your essay will have the highest originality rate. You can use pieces of phrases that start the relevant sentences like “claims against the minimum wage rise” or “the minimum wage should not be raised because…”. Remember that writing an extensive bibliography list on three or more pages doesn’t mean that you have done the good job. It only suggests that the student doesn’t possess enough clarity to sort out what’s the most important in his evidence and what could be taken away.
Now that you have checked the relevance of the source, it’s time to check whether it is written by an authoritative source, especially if you are seeking the valid information online. Most often, websites that end with .com are intended to sell people something, even if we are talking about the news websites. Such sources can not be considered authoritative enough for any academic paper. If you are writing such socially important paper as the increasing minimum wage essay, checking the authority of your sources of reference is of utmost importance. The news websites are all covered with advertising banners and usually their articles contain little information from its source. The opinions that they represent might also appear biased. Personal blogs and forums might be relevant only in cases when you are talking about public opinions and want to state some statistics of it. You can calculate the votes for and against the rise of minimum wage in different context for yourself but it could be useful if the public forums would contain online polls where only the people of the certain region could vote, once from every IP address or social media account. But even if you do so, the most authoritative source for the statistics of the current real public opinion for your minimum wage increase essay would be the results of recent social experiments conducted by scientists with maintaining the needed procedure for making the results valid and accurate.
Speaking of accuracy, it is also necessary to make sure that the statistics and facts that you have found in the source that you want to use as an evidence for your essay on minimum wage increase, are absolutely accurate. Why is this important? Let’s look at the situation like this. You have found two persuasively looking academic articles that support your thesis statement of the essay that you are currently working on. They are both written recently, they are posted at authoritative websites like those ending their web address with .gov, .edu, or .org. But now you are stuck upon the other obstacle – one article suggests that 70% of people of the middle class have voted in favor of increasing the minimum wage rate and the other ones are against it, yet the other article suggests that 85% of respondents voted positively. What do you have to do now? Both sources look absolutely current and relevant. Now the answer for this question might add some extra job to your research. You have to read the article carefully, especially the information that usually could be found written in small font somewhere at the end of the article. What you are looking for is the information on how this statistics were collected. What group of people they asked? When and where? What age they were? What social status, what originality, gender? All this information is extremely important for the accuracy of the results of all the social polls that you pick as the evidence for your thesis statement.
Yet, another important parameter to check for the validity of the evidence is the purpose of the article or book that you consider as the probable supporting source for your persuasive essay on minimum wage. If the article uses issues of morality and emotional language, its aim is to persuade its readers. While for the persuasive essay such article might be considered relevant, for the research papers or argumentative essays on raising minimum wage, such source is not valid because it lacks evidence like facts, polls, statistics, and opinions of scholars that suggest the opposing views to the claims proposed. Moreover, the manipulative language used to persuade readers can not be considered relevant for proposing the scientific evidence. Your source also should not promote religious or political agenda. If the article that you have found on the .gov or .edu website is written to inform readers, then you can say that it is relevant for being a credible evidence for your academic essay.