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HSS 100 - Ancient & Medieval Architecture: Secondary Sources: Books, Articles, & Websites

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A friendly reminder

• Outside of class, the books on Reserve live on a cart that is located behind the Welcome desk. Please ask the person at the desk to browse the materials.

• You can take 2 books at a time for 2 hours. They MUST be checked out.

• You must have your ID to check out Reserves.

• If you keep a Reserve item out for longer than 2 hours, or fail to check it out, you may face disciplinary action.

• Fines are $1.00 per hour for every hour a Reserve item is late.

• Reserve items must remain in the library at all times.

• All books from the stacks can be checked out for 3 weeks and may leave the library.

Books on Reserve

Reference books don't provide all the answers. Eventually you are going to need to move on to other sources to get more details.That's where the books on reserve come in. The OWHL librarians and your teachers have already pre-selected a large selection of books that we feel are going to be the most useful to you. We know that a lot of you are going to want the same books, which is why you can only use them for 2 hours at a time.

If you want to find books that you can take back to your dorm, use the OWH Library catalog to find materials in the stacks. Anything that you get from the stacks can be checked out for 3 weeks.

Secondary Sources: Websites

You can also find some journal articles and secondary sources on websites.

However, not all websites are trustworthy and worthy of citation in your academic work. Remember to consider the following when evaluating a website:

  • Who... is responsible for the website? Is there a specific author or publisher? Consider what makes that person or publisher a credible source.
  • What... is actually on the website? Is it general information that you could find (and confirm) elsewhere? Is it a book, a magazine article, a primary source? What makes it useful and valuable to you and your research?
  • When... what the information published?
  • Where... did the author find the information? Can you find a bibliography or sources?
  • Why... does this website as a whole exist? Is its purpose to entertain, make money, or educate? Look for the "About Us" section of the website to find this information.

Once you put together the answers to those five questions, you will have an idea of whether or not you should cite it in your bibliography. If you're still not sure, simply ask your teacher or a librarian to help you!

Below is a list credible sources and websites to look for when you Google: