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Durham and Local History: Evaluating Resources

General guides to materials on Durham


Review the information sources to the right and answer the following questions:

  • What type of information source is this?  Is it news, scholarly, professional, opinion, etc.?
  • What can you tell about the author's credentials?
  • Is it a primary or secondary source?
  • Why was this source published? What is its purpose? Who is its audience?
  • What clues help you evaluate these sources?


Information Sources

1) Beardsley, Edward H. "Desegregating Southern medicine 1945-1970." International Social Science Review, 1996, Vol. 71 Issue 1/2. Permalink


2) Ball. Billy. "Immigrants denied mental health services." McClatchy - Tribune Business News, March 20, 2013. Link


3) Boyd, William Kenneth. The Story of Durham: City of the New South. Durham: Duke University Press, 1925. Link


4) Thomas, Karen Kruse. Deluxe Jim Crow: Civil Rights and American Health Policy, 1935-1954. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. Link


5) McCann, John. "Duke 's First Black Nurses are No Mere Footnote." The Herald-Sun, February, 28, 2013. Link


6) Newton, Diana J. Crossing the Centuries, Committed to Care: Blue Cross and Blue Shield in North Carolina, 1933-2008. Chapel Hill:  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, 2007. Link

7) Washington, Booker T. "Durham, North Carolina, a City of Negro Enterprises." The Independent, March 30, 1911. Link