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HIST 203: Canada Since 1867

Research guide for HIST 203 (Winter 2024)

Finding Secondary Sources: Popular Websites

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

How can you tell if a website is popular or scholarly? 

Ask yourself:

  • Who is the author?  Are their 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

This guide from Georgetown University Library is useful and comprehensive.

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