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HIST 203 - Canada Since 1867

Finding Secondary Sources: Scholarly Websites

Review the criteria about the audience of a secondary scholarly work.   Few websites today are peer-reviewed, attempt the rigorous criteria of methodology of printed scholarly works or seriously try to advance scholarship.  Still, many websites are serious works of reliable secondary (analytical) scholarship. 

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

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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