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Finding Secondary Sources

Use these links for information about types of secondary sources in the library:

"Secondary sources provide historians, both experienced and beginning, with two very important types of information:  secondary sources are useful in providing background information about a topic; secondary sources help to provide historical context."  Doing History; Researching and Writing in the Digital Age.  2nd ed. Michael J. Galgano, J. Chris Arndt, Raymond M. Hyser. 2008. Wadsworth. pp. 5-6.

Using Secondary Sources

Secondary sources not only provide background and research on a topic but often reveal in their bibliographies and notes the primary sources used.  Start with a reliable book or dissertation on your subject, then study the references used in the writing of the work and locate relevant citations by searching the library catalog.

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