Research

When critically evaluating sources it is good to remember OPVL and POOP.

 

O--Origin: Who wrote this source? Who are they? When did they write it? Where did they write it?

P--Purpose: Why did they write it? What is their agenda? Why write another book on this topic?

V--Value: What is the value of this source for my current research or investigation?

L--Limitations: What are the limitations of this source for my current research or investigation?

 

P--Primary or secondary source?

O--Objective or does the author have a reason to lie?

O--Other sources that corroborate or back up this author's point of view?

P--Professional historian or not?

 

Some research links:

cia world factbook

british broadcasting company history site

columbia encyclopedia

encyclopedia britannica

encarta.msn.com

dictionary.com

merriam-webster dictionary

political cartoons