Q. How do I find primary and secondary sources?


A primary source provides a first-hand account of events, practices, or conditions of the period you are researching. This may include documents like interviews, speeches, memoirs, and statistical data.

A secondary source was created by someone who did not experience first-hand or participate in the events or conditions of the period you are researching. This may include journal articles that review research findings, encyclopedia entries, and biographies.

Depending on your subject area or topic, you will need to choose at least one database to use. To access databases for articles and other documents, go to FIND NOW under Find Articles on the Online Library homepage. For eBooks, go to Find Books. For encyclopedia entries and other reference sources, go to Quick Reference and choose Reference Databases. Credo Reference has numerous encyclopedia, dictionaries, and more in one search.

Please see the link to Primary & Secondary Sources for more information. This guide also includes links to web resources for primary documents.


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