Primary and Secondary Sources

Secondary Source: Journals

Journals often contain information similar to that in books, but shorter in length.  There are many journals, published by many different types of organizations, that contain information on a broad range of topics.

How would you decide if the information in a journal is reliable? 

Would any of the following pieces of information affect your decision:

  • what organization produced the journal,
  • why the journal was produced,
  • who reads the journal,
  • what type of paper the journal is printed on,
  • how many footnotes appear in the articles, or
  • how expensive the journal is?



Books Primary and Secondary Sources