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HIS 436/SAS 436: Working Class Lives on the Indian Subcontinent

Evaluating Your Sources

Not all sources are created alike. For a clear explanation of how to assess the value of your sources, check out Berkley Library's guide.

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

Finding Books and Articles via the Catalog and Articles+

Using the PUL Catalog for Books:

Using PUL's Articles+ :

  • Articles+ saves you a lot of time by search several repositories for articles at once.
  • You will find a variety of content types including journal articles, newspaper articles, book chapters, book reviews, etc.
  • Use the same techniques above to find what you need for a given topic.

Subject-specific Databases and Digital Archives at PUL

Multidisciplinary Academic Databases for Books and Articles


Google Scholar

  • Check out Google Scholar to find articles and books that are in the public domain or from publishers who have allowed Google bots to access their metadata.
  • Learn how to search here.
  • You might find that your access to an item is restricted, unless Princeton has access to it.