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HIST 203 - Canada Since 1867

Finding Secondary Sources: Popular Websites

Review the criteria about the audience of a secondary popular work.   Many websites make no pretense whatever of being serious works of scholarship: Their purpose is to communicate and entertain. 

How can you tell if a printed secondary work is popular or scholarly? 

Ask yourself:

Who is the author?  Are his or her credentials stated and are they appropriate?

  • Is the name of the sponsoring organization given?  Is it a recognized one?
  • Are statements backed up with credible documentation? 
  • Are the sources credited?
  • Is the information current and is the date of publication evident?


Evaluating electronic resources

Check out this site from the Cornell University Library.

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