Evaluating Sources Assignment:


Submitted By: Hussein Rajan

Submitted To: Mr.Cotey

Date Submitted: 02.23.07

Class: IDP4U1

Sources Used


Jaffe, Eugene D. Globalization and Development. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.


World Bank Group. Globalization.06 Feb. 2007. 12 Feb. 2007

Scholarly Article

Wheatcroft, Geoffrey. "Non-Native Sons." Atlantic Monthly Online 297.5 (2006): 133-136.


"Globalization." The World Book. 2005 Ed. 2005.

Popular Article

Zaidi, Hussain, and Alex Perry. "Bombay's Boom." Time Magazine26 June 2006. Rpt. in. Ed. Rick Stengel. Vol. 167. New York: , 2006.

Step 4: Evaluating Your Source

1) Who is the author(s) of the work? When was the work published?

The author of this article is an accomplished writer named Geoffrey Wheatcroft. This article was published in June, 2006.

2) What are the author’s credentials for writing and publishing this work?

The author is a primary source to this topic, and gives more of a background to the subject of globalization in sports. His credentials are mainly in his publications as he has written on a broad array of topics such as Zionism, Salman Rushdie and also the history of the Tour de France in well respected sources such as the Atlantic Monthly.

3) When judged against your previous reading and your understanding of the subject, is the information correct? Is the information objective and impartial?

Yes the information provided by Wheatcroft is correct. As an avid soccer fan, the information he poses regarding the Arsenal and Fulham soccer teams is correct. It is clear that he believes that the athletes have become distanced from their homelands, and have started to develop interests in countries where they are lucratively paid.

4) Does the author present evidence to support the interpretations made? Or does the source consist mainly of an individual’s opinion?

The author provides an abundant amount of support for his topic. He provides examples from soccer, at both the club level and international level, as well as using cricket, track and rugby in order to add variety to his argument.

5) Are the author’s sources clearly and adequately indicated, so that they can be verified?

Wheatcroft is a primary source, thus he has taken all of his argument from recent examples in sports that we see on a daily basis and has formulated an argument from that primary information.

6) Are the author’s sources current, or are they outdated?

Wheatcroft’s examples are all recent because he is a primary source. The examples he gives are recent as well, mainly because globalization is a new development and is now growing rapidly in sports.

7) Who is the publisher, or what is the sponsoring organization of the work?

The sponsoring organization is The Atlantic Monthly, which is a well-known and well respected academic journal.

8) How would you characterize the work? (ie. Scholarly vs popular)

This is a scholarly article because it is meant to inform on a growing issue, rather than entertain a mass group of people.

9) Does the source add to the information you have already gathered about your topic?

Yes the source gives another perspective on globalization. It shows a side that is neglected by the public, because globalization is usually seen to affect the business world only and not the sports world as well.

10) Based on your evaluation, is this source a valid source for research?

Yes this is a valid source because it not only gives a unique perspective in an area which is not thought to be directly affected by globalization, but it also comes from a reputable source and author, which maintains the validity of the information it provides.


Scholarly Journal


Wheatcroft, Geoffrey. "Non-Native Sons." Atlantic Monthly Online 297.5 (2006): 133-136.


In “Non-Native Sons”, which appeared in, author Geoffrey Wheatcroft argues that globalization has had a profound effect on sports, and soccer in particular. He takes the example of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and rosters from leagues inEngland, Spain and Italy to show the growing issue of globalization in soccer. Wheatcroft talks about players who were born in other countries and are now practicing their trade in nations which pay higher wages to soccer players. This migration of players is leading to more and more foreign players representing clubs which are not from their native countries, and clubs whose rosters consist of little or no ‘homegrown’ players. Wheatcroft gives a brief history of soccer and numerous historical examples on the beginnings of globalization in sports. He expands on his argument that globalization affects not only soccer, but numerous sports such as cricket,rugby and track.

This piece was extremely thorough and gave an exceptional history of soccer and its change due to globalization. For any writer whose topic was globalization, this article gave a great perspective on globalization which is rarely seen because too much time is spent on globalization in the corporate world and not on other areas such as sports which are also affected by globalization. The topic came from a reliable source, the Atlantic Monthly, which is a scholarly journal that compiles articles written by well known scholars such as the author of this particular article Geoffrey Wheatcroft, who is a well known English journalist and author.His books usually deal with the history of different sports such as his book A History of the Tour de France, 1903–2003.