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HIST 121: America History to 1877 (Spring 2023)

What makes a source "good" anyway?


  • Who wrote the source?
  • When? Is it outdated?
  • What is their methodology / sources?
  • Who is the audience?
  • Who is the publisher?
  • Is their argument convincing?
  • Is the article/book related to your paper?

In groups, what are the strengths & weaknesses of each Secondary source?

NOTE: Don't actually read the whole document. Read the abstract and skim the article/document.

TOPIC: Women's higher education in the 19th century

Based on this topic, how good are these Secondary sources?