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1. Explain what makes your source scholarly: a. What do you know about the author? What information establishes them as a credible expert on this topic? The Decline and Fall of Rome by James W. Ermatinger. JAMES W. ERMATINGER is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. My source was found in the Ashford library, by way of Senior Thesis. The article has commentary provided by Malcolm W Browne. Ice Cap Shows Ancient Mines Polluted the Globe, The New York Times, December 9, 1997. b. What are some examples of scholarly sources that are referenced and cited in this article, chapter, or web article? Examples of scholarly resources cited are: http://www.julen.net/ancient/ The ancient world Web site provides a good introduction to the variety of sources available. 2. In your own words, what is the author’s thesis or the central focus? What would you answer if you described what you read to someone, and then they asked “So what’s the point?”