What kind of sources should you use?

Types of SourcesScholarly publications (Journals) A scholarly publication contains articles written by experts in a particular field. Popular sources (News and Magazines) Professional/Trade sources. Books / Book Chapters. Conference proceedings. Government Documents. Theses & Dissertations.

What makes a newspaper a primary source?

Primary source material is made up of documents and media created while an event was happening. For example, if you are studying the Civil War, you might use newspapers from the 1860s, diaries of individuals affected by the war, or songs written during the conflict as primary sources.

How do you tell if an article is a secondary source?

To determine if a source is primary or secondary, ask yourself:Was the source created by someone directly involved in the events you’re studying (primary), or by another researcher (secondary)?Does the source provide original information (primary), or does it summarize information from other sources (secondary)?

How do I know if an article is peer reviewed?

If the article is from a printed journal, look at the publication information in the front of the journal. If the article is from an electronic journal, go to the journal home page and look for a link to ‘About this journal’ or ‘Notes for Authors’. Here it should tell you if the articles are peer-reviewed.