Adams State University
Nielsen Library

HIST 357: Mexico – From Conquest to the Present

Recommended Primary Source Websites

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Evaluating Websites

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Authority
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Currency
When was the page created? When was the page last updated?

Motive
What are the goals and objectives of the page? Is the page trying to get you to buy something?

Research
Are there links to other resources? If so, are those resources reliable?

Design
Is the webpage well organized and easy to navigate? Does the page include help or search sections?