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Guide to Secondary Source Research

Finding secondary sources in the Library for historical topics


The following Library databases provide the full text of books related to the field of history and other topics as noted. These databases allow printing; however, due to copyright restrictions, the number of pages that may be printed from a single work is limited.

History Journals

Journal articles are an excellent source of secondary information. These articles are written using primary sources or other secondary sources for their information. A list of references at the end of a useful article is a quick way to find further resources on a topic. In addition to articles, many history journals provide reviews of book titles on different topics. Citations for articles in history journals may be found using various online indexes and databases available through the Library (see the Online Databases section of this guide). Below are some examples of history journals available through Andersen Library. Full text availability of articles from each journal varies for each provider. To view individual articles, expand a year and click on an issue to see which articles are contained in that particular issue. You can also try performing a search on your topic by searching within a publication.

To find out whether the Library has access to a particular periodical--either in print, microform, or online--or to find out in what format(s) a periodical is available, search Research@UWW. Articles in periodicals not owned by the Library may be obtained through interlibrary loan.