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HIST 485 Research Guide: Web Sources, Evaluation, Citation

Primary vs. Secondary vs. Tertiary Sources

The linked PDF handout above shows the differences between primary and secondary sources with tips for finding primary sources in the Ort Library.

The University of Saskatchewan also describes primary, secondary, and tertiary sources at How to Evaluate Information Sources.


Evaluating Web Resources

Click here for valuable criteria to use when evaluating Web resources.

Additionally, the CARS checklist in the handout below can help you evaluate print or Web information for Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, and Support:

Search Google!

For the most focused and powerful Web search results, try Google Advanced!

Google Web Search

Primary Sources on the Web

You may want to use web resources for your historical research and there are many good sites that are reliable that you can use, even for primary sources.
Try some of the tips and tools at the site Using Primary Sources on the Web provided by the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association. It's a good place to start!.

A Sampling of Authoritative Web Resources

How to tell if you are plagiarizing