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Is the Information Relevant? (Appropriateness/Relevance)

Criteria to Consider:
  • Is the information a primary or secondary source?

Some assignments require the use of primary soruces.  The Web provides access to many types of primary materials such as raw data, diaries, letters, manuscripts, and original accounts of events are considered primary sources.  In most cases, these are historical documents which are no longer copyrighted.

loc.jpg (11389 bytes) The Library of Congress is an example of a web site that contain lots of primary sources
Information that has been analyzed and interpreted is considered a secondary source.
Here is an example of a Web site with lots of secondary sources muse.jpg (7374 bytes)
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