Encyclopedias and other overview sources provide the "big picture" of a topic, with important background information to help you research more effectively.
|PATS: Acronym for Evaluation indicators|
|Purpose||Is the intent to INFORM or PERSUADE?|
|Authority||Scholar? Journalist? Experienced in the topic? Whatever it is, what does it mean in the context of history? Of a country? Of a time period?|
|Timeliness||Depends on your topic whether currency is important|
|Scope||Do you want something that covers the topic broadly, specifically, or in-depth? (e.g., respectively, encyclopedias, news or scholarly articles, and books)|