-Diaries or journals
-Art (Visual & Permorming)
-Government documents (treaties)
-Newspaper articles (written at the time of an event)
-Books about a topic
-Reference books (although might contain a reprinted portion of a primary source)
-Journal and magazine articles
-Newspaper articles (written about an event after it happened)
Find more information about primary and secondary sources.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and
Purpose: the reason the information exists
By scoring each category on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = worst, 10=best possible) you can give each site a grade on a 50 point scale for how high-quality it is!
45 - 50 Excellent | 40 - 44 Good | 35 - 39 Average | 30 - 34 Borderline Acceptable | Below 30 - Unacceptable
Courtesy of Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.
Wikipedia is a great tool for a summary of a topic. Wikipedia content is constantly revised, and entries vary in quality. Some of the content is excellent, some is questionable.
How can you use Wikipedia in a way that benefits your research process?
Many educators frown on the use of Wikipedia. Why?
Adapted with permission from "Web Resources: About Using Wikipedia." Art and Art History. Lane Community College Library LibGuide.