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HIST 1301: Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Sources for Discussion Questions: Introduction

The discussion prompts in your online class are a good opportunity to practice locating, evaluating and reading scholarly research related to your studies.

Locating Research for Your Discussion Prompts

You will be asked to respond to discussion prompts throughout this online course. This guide is designed to help you find the kinds of information that will help you add depth and understanding to the topics we will explore. The Introduction includes videos that explain the difference between scholarly and popular resources and what a primary source versus a secondary source is. 

Whether you find a book, article in a scholarly journal or a web resource, it helps to have a strategy for  Evaluating Information you locate. Locate several on the same topic from different resources and compare them using the criteria here. 

Before you start your research, take a look at Plagiarism & Citing Sources to learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it by properly summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and citing the information you use from other sources. 

Now you are ready to search for articles or other scholarly information related to your discussion topic. Use the library databases and online sources suggested under Finding Scholarly Research to start your research!

Scholarly v. Popular Sources

Understanding Primary & Secondary Sources


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