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    • February 2010 HIST ON11 Where the Wild Things Are: Online Research & Finding the Good Stuff
          • Secondary Sources
          • How to find the ‘good stuff’?
          • How to be sure they are “scholarly” & appropriate?
    • Popular / ? / Scholarly
    • Characteristics of …
      • Popular articles (Magazines)
        • Often slick and attractive appearance
        • Do not cite sources in a bibliography
        • Usually very short and written in simple language.
        • Reviewed by the publication’s editors
        • Purpose : entertain the reader, sell products, or promote a viewpoint.
    • Characteristics of …
      • Substantive News/ General Interest Publications:
        • Geared to any educated audience.
        • Published by commercial enterprises
        • or professional organizations.
        • Purpose : provide information to a
        • broad audience of concerned citizens.
    • Characteristics of …
      • Scholarly articles (Journals)
      • a.k.a. academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals.
      • Abstract
        • Sober and serious appearance
        • Written by scholars in the field
        • Specialized vocabulary
        • Bibliography
        • Peer reviewed
        • Purpose : report on original research
    • But what about the Internet? VS. Distinguish between online library resources and the Internet.
    • But what about the Internet?
      • Criteria to Consider
        • Your professor’s instructions
        • How did you end up on this site? What can the URL tell you?
        • Author/ authority: What are their credentials? Contact information?
        • Currency: Is it dated?
        • Is information cited?
        • What's the bias? Advertising?
    • Your mission:
        • In groups of 3-4, analyze the three information sources. Use the handout or other online guides to help you.
        • Answer the questions:
        • Is this source popular/ scholarly/ somewhere in between ?
        • Could you use it in your history paper?
        • **There’s no need to READ the articles**
        • Report back in 10-15 minutes .
        • Feel free to ask us for help!
    • To wrap things up: Searching for secondary sources: ie/ Databases > America History and Life Information up on Sakai > “Library Research Help”
    • Thank you. Contact: Monica Rettig Liaison Librarian [email_address]