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Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. Secondary sources are one step removed from the event. Examples include:
  • biographies
  • books
  • commentaries, criticism
  • dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • histories
  • journal articles
  • magazines and newspaper articles
  • textbooks
Finding Secondary Sources
Search Omni by subject or keyword to find books, etc. Add or look for one of the following subheadings attached to the subject headings:
  • history
  • history and criticism
  • criticism and interpretation
  • biography
Check to see if there is a bibliography compiled already on your topic. Also consider searching journal indexes and databases to find articles on your topic.