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CUR 100: Historical Perspective: Finding Secondary Sources

What is a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources examine and comment on the past. When looking for a secondary source, you might want to find a book or article by a historian who has written about your general topic or about the person, place, or event your primary source is about.

Reference Books

These books, shelved in the reference section on the main floor, are good places to get basic background information about people, places, events, or topics related to the middle ages.

Secondary Sources - Books

Use the catalog to search for books on a topic. Books are shelved on the upper level (if their call numbers start with letters A - PQ) or on the main floor (if their call numbers start with letters PR - Z). You may want to take time to browse the shelves, as books the same subject tend to be shelved together.

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secondary sources - articles

A lot of research is published in the form of scholarly articles. Search one of the databases below. Many of the articles will be available as a PDF. When a PDF is not available, click on the yellow "find it!" button to see if it's in another database or in print. You can request an article that we don't have from another library using the interlibrary loan link.


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