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Young Scholars Summer Research Institute : Getting Started

A guide for students in the Hank and Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute at Duke

Current Events in Popular and Scholarly Sources

Fake News or Not?

One of the problems  of researching  topics of current interest is  establishing the authority and point of view of information resources.  Scholarly sources are generally preferable to popular treatments. Questions of  bias and depth of understanding are critical to the evaluation of information resources.

Popular resources like newspapers and other media  are often much more up to date than scholarly sources which often require up to a year to make their way through the scholarly editing process.

When researching controversial topics, bearing the timeline in mind is particularly important.

Key Sources

African and African American  Studies resources in the collections of Perkins Libraries.  This is the general guide that covers many topics including civil rights.  Both primary and secondary sources are covered


The Franklin Research Center of the Rubenstein Library at Duke has extensive primary sources including Prof Chafe's original interview transcripts and tapes. Many valuable resources are available here.

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Librarian for Military History, History of Science and Technology, Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth

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