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HIST 203: Canada Since 1867

Research guide for HIST 203 (Winter 2024)

Finding Secondary Sources: Scholarly Websites

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

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

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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