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Evaluation of Information Sources
Part I, Types of Information Sources

What does this matter?

When you are evaluating information, you should take into consideration where it is coming from. A story about something that happened to a friend of a friend is less reliable than a story about what happened to you.

History can become much more interesting when reading a first hand account of events than just that history textbook.

You might run across conflicting information, which should you believe? Which is closer to the actual event? You probably cannot only rely on primary information, but be aware of the differences. It is often helpful to include both primary and secondary information in your research.

Review Question:

A textbook is an example of which of the following?
Primary source
Secondary source
Combined source

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