HIST 300: Types of Resources. Natalie Burclaff Langsdale Library [email protected] 410-837-5072. Today: Types of Resources. Web resources Evaluation basics Information Cycle Types of periodicals Primary vs. secondary sources. Web Resources. History Websites by Type.
What information sources are available?
What do they tell us?
Who decides what gets published?
Who do you trust?
Written by experts
Original research (scientific method)
Cite their sources (with references)
Longer, lots of text
Published monthly, quarterly, annually, available by subscriptions only
Written by reports
Topics for a wide audience
No standard citation method
Lots of pictures, ads
Published daily, weekly, monthly and available in public locations
Original accounts or records of historical events
Written later and/or provide historical analysis.
Based on the primary sources
Dr. Nix witnesses a fire and gives an interview about it in the Baltimore Sun
Primary, eyewitness account (fire)
Reporter writes a book about Baltimore fires that mentions Dr. Nix
Secondary (fire, Dr. Nix)
Dr. Nix writes a book about Baltimore fires
Primary (Dr. Nix’s account) or Secondary (fire, Baltimore)