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Humanities Guide

Primary vs Secondary Sources

Primary sources are original research articles written by the researchers.

Secondary sources describe a research study. If you are interested in that study, check the reference list and locate the original article. When you read the original it's a primary source!

From Nancyruth Leibold's 7th edition APA Format Lab

Website Evaluation Criteria

Learn How to Evaluate Resources

Use RADAR to Evaluate Sources

Use the criteria RADAR to evaluate sources. Ask yourself the questions associated with each area of Relevance, Authority, Date, Appearance and Reason. Using the criteria will help you determine if the source you have found is suitable for your research needs.

Use RADAR criteria to evaluate sources: Relevance, Authority, Date, Appearance, Reason

Information and graphics used for RADAR were adapted from
Jane Mandalios (2013). RADAR: An approach for helping students evaluate 
Internet sources. And from Western Libraries of Western University. 

Evaluate Like a Fact Checker - Use Lateral Reading

This 3:30 video was produced by the University of Louisville's library. It introduces lateral reading and demonstrates how to use lateral reading to evaluate websites.