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HIST330430_Spring_2020: Secondary Sources

This guide provides resources for students in Professor Carayon's HIST 330 and HIST 430 courses for Spring 2020

What is a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources provide analysis about materials. Creators of secondary sources did not experience the event first hand. For example, a diary or a newspaper article you use will provide an account of what happened, where as a journal article will provide an analysis of that moment. The writer of the secondary source may use theories to discuss these first hand accounts. 

Suggested Databases for Secondary Sources

Searching for Journal Articles as Secondary Sources

When searching for secondary sources in scholarly journals, remember to be as broad as possible in your first search and then limit accordingly. For example, if you are going with the Philadelphia Yellow Fever topic, you might find those keywords to be too specific. Instead, try searching Yellow Fever and then use the limiters on the left side to refine your search:

  • Limit to era: for this topic, you can limit to 18th century
  • Limit to publication date: for this paper, you know that you should be looking at sources that are not older than a decade
  • Limit with subject terms: expand the subject headings and click <show more> to make sure you can see all of them.

These tips are useful no matter what your topic is. 

NOTE: SINCE MANY LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED AND ARE NOT SUPPORTING INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICES, CLICK THE LINKED FULL TEXT BOX TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN RETRIEVE THE MATERIALS YOU REQUIRE.