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Aviation Management Guide

Library Resources for all Aviation Management courses

Aviation Management Dictionaries, and Books, News, Social Media, and Primary and Secondary Sources Information

Unlike journal articles, scholarly books:

  • Are written on a broader, general subject
  • May contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  • Contain less recent information

Remember: you may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book!

Selected Aviation Handbooks:

Writing Handbooks:

Book Collections:

How to find ebooks in OneSearch results:

  • At the top of the results page, click on All filters.
  • Click on the arrow by Source type and check eBooks.
  • Click on Apply filters.

How to find ebooks in the NAU Library databases:

In the left column of your search results page:

  • Limit by full text
  • Limit by source type - Books
  • Use the slide to limit by publication date

Avoid using Editorials or Letters to the Editor from print or online newspapers. These articles are "opinion pieces" and the authors may lack subject expertise.
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Use these reliable fact-checking and bias-checking websites for news articles and websites:

  • (politics)

  • Snopes (urban legends, hoaxes, folklore, memes, and rumors)   

  • Climate Feedback (climate change)

  • AFP (choose news, world regions, topics - health, environment, science, politics)   

  • MediaBias/Fact Check (analyzes news and other website bias and contains a list of questionable sources).

  • AllSides (reviews how the same news story is covered across the political spectrum - from the left, the center, and the right).      

Credible Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social media posts of "first-hand" accounts of current happenings, such as political rallies, strikes, protest, and entertainment events may be used as primary sources. These sources are analyzed by you, the writer (Coleman, 2013, p.60). Social media should not be used as expert analyses or interpretations to support your argument.  


Auraria Library (n.d.). Social media as a primary source.

Coleman, V. (2013, November/December). Social media as a primary source: A coming of age.
       Educause Review, 48(6), 60-61.

Primary sources are first-hand accounts of an event, or original documents or data. Examples of primary sources include:
  • newspaper articles from the time of the event, photographs, video, or audio that show the event;
  • speeches or interviews; 
  • company financial statements, government documents, academic articles containing original ("empirical") research;

  • transcripts of court trials or hearings, legal cases, statutes, and administrative rules or regulations.
Use primary sources for contemporaneous accounts, raw data, and to identify empirical research.
Secondary sources describe, analyze, review, interpret or are based on primary sources. Examples of secondary sources include:
  • Encyclopedia articles
  • News articles about past events
  • Textbooks
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Reviews
Use secondary sources for analyses, reviews, or summaries of information from primary sources or other secondary sources.
Bowdoin College Library. (n.d.). Primary and secondary sources.
NorthCentral University Library. (2021, November 2). Primary and secondary resources.    
University of Illinois Library. (2021, October 22). Information sciences 505: Information organization and access: Primary vs 
        secondary sources.
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