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WRIT 1110: Seminar in Academic Writing: Date of Publication

The resources listed on this page will help you to become familiar with your University Libraries at BGSU. If you have questions about the Library, feel free to speak with a librarian in person at the Research and Information Desk.

Ask yourself the following

  • When was the source published?
  • Are you able to use older information or does it need to be as current as possible?  

Search Tips

  • Information in the sciences is updated frequently, and research on scientific topics demands up-to-date information. However, research in the humanities and some social sciences is not so dependent on currency of information, and older materials may prove extremely appropriate.
  • Sometimes it is extremely difficult to determine when a website was created or last updated. You may want to consider using a different source if you can not verify this criteria.

Give it a Try

1. Would you use this source if you were trying to teach yourself how to build a web page?

Murray, William. H., and Chris H. Pappas. Javascript and HTML 4.0 User's Resource. Upper Saddle River: Prentice, 1999. Print.


2. Would you use this source if you were writing a paper about the current situation in the Middle East?

Lichtblau, Eric. "Bush Seeks To Affirm U.S. War On Terror." New York Times 30 Aug. 2008: 10. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Sept. 2008.

3. You are writing a paper about teacher salaries. You are interested in making the claim that current salaries for teachers in Ohio are not keeping pace with teachers in other nearby states. Would you use this source?

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