Reliable Vs. Unreliable Sources
When using the internet for sources, be sure to check
the reliability of any site.
Some rules to follow:
If you can find the same information in three different
places, it is probably reliable.
If a website also has a print version (such as a newspaper
or magazine, it is probably reliable.
Information found on a personal website is probably
Reliable vs. Unreliable Sources Cont.
Look for an author’s or expert’s credentials on the
website. If they have good credentials, the site is
If the site ends in .gov, or .edu, it is probably reliable.
If the site has people checking its facts on a regular
basis, it is probably reliable.
Wickipedia is not always reliable.
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Information comes from either a primary or a
secondary sources. Primary sources are best to use
whenever possible, but are usually more difficult to get
a hold of.
Primary sources are original materials. They are
written when the event happens. They are from the
time period involved. No interpretation has been
done on them
Examples of primary sources:
Diaries -Birth certificate
Photographs or art -News Footage
Works of literature
Secondary sources are written after the fact. They
describe, evaluate, comment on, interpret, or analyze
Examples of secondary sources:
Dictionaries and encyclopedias
History -Journal article
Newspaper and magazine articles
Identify each source as primary or secondary
Write an instance when each would be considered a
Dance card, in
kept a record
of their dance
This diploma was earned in 1929.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
This is a manuscript
of a poem written by
Stuart Sherman, c.
First page of the
minutes of a
meeting of the
Board on May 26,
advertises a lecture
scheduled for March
An oral history of John Florio was record on this
audio cassette tape in January 2001.