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ARTH 2500: History of Photography (Fall 2017): Evaluate

Library Guide to accompany Iftikhar Dadi's fall 2017 course

Analyze sources

How to Critically Analyze Information Sources

A guide to the critical questions you should ask when you consider the appropriateness of a particular book, article, media resource, or Web site for your research.

Pin Boys

Hine, Lewis Wickes. Pin boys in Les Miserables Alleys, Frank Jarose, 7 Fayette St., Mellens Court, said 11 years old, made $3.72 last week. Joseph Philip, 5 Wall St., said 11 years old, and works until midnight every week night; said he made $2.25 last week and $1.75 the week before. Willie Payton, 196 Fayette St., said 11 years old, made over $2 last week, works there every night until midnight. Location: Lowell, Massachusetts. 1911. Source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division on Flickr Commons.

General information about the Lewis Hine child labor photos is available at

How to Identify Scholarly Journal Articles

This segment discusses how to recognize and find scholarly journal articles.

Scholarly or Not?

Wondering how to tell if the article you're reading is from a scholarly journal?

First: watch the video, left. If you still don't know, take a look at: 

Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria

It will show you how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience, and appearance.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating news sources--

This is a fantastic guide to understanding online news sources, but useful for understanding principles of evaluating all kinds of sources.


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