On evaluating sources

Kevin Levin, chair of the history department at St. Anne’s-Belfield in Charlottesville, Virginia, wrote an insightful article surrounding the use of online sources in historical research – specifically considering the questions of slaves in combat roles for the Confederacy.

He asks the exact questions every historian must ask when evaluating online sources. When our students ask these questions, they have moved beyond completing assignments to evaluating knowledge, a skill essential to making a worthwhile contribution to knowledge through insightful interpretation.


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