Skip to Main Content

Understanding & Evaluating Sources

Get Started

 So many types of sources....

This guide is intended to give you an idea of the types of sources you will encounter when doing academic research.  Additionally, we have provided you with many resources to assist you in evaluating the sources that you find and use.


Use the menu on the left to find your way around.  Use the chat box to connect with us directly!

Book: The Jungle
News: Los Angeles Times
Magazine: New Yorker
Theses and Dissertations
News: New York Times Article
Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Twitter feed
Book: Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country's foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can America reckon with its fraught racial history?

To Kill a Mockingbird book

To Kill a Mockingbird

Considered "dangerous" because of profanity and undermining of race relations. Challenges: Warren, Indiana, township schools, 1981; Eden Valley, Minnesota, 1977 (temporarily banned); Vernon Verona Sherill, New York, School District, 1980; Waukegan, Illinois, School District, 1984; Kansas City, Missouri, junior high schools, 1985; Park Hill (Missouri) Junior High School, 1985. Protested by African American parents and NAACP in Casa Grande (Arizona) Elementary School District, 1985.