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American Studies

Use this guide to find books, articles, databases, and other resources for research in American Studies.

Evaluating Sources

Use the 5Ws to determine if a source is scholarly or non-scholarly and appropriate for your research:

Who?

  • Audience? Who will be reading this source?
  • Author? Who wrote this source?

What?

  • Sources cited in bibliography? Yes or No.
  • Language? How easy or difficult will most people find this source?

Where?

  • Publisher? Who published this source?

When?

  • Publication date? When was this source published or last updated?

Why?

  • Purpose? What is the purpose of this source?