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HIS 200 Trimmer: Historic Contextualization


Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are works that analyze, assess or interpret an historical event, era, or phenomenon, generally utilizing primary sources. Secondary sources often offer a review, a critique or an interpretation. Secondary sources can include books, journal articles, speeches, reviews, research reports, and more. 




The most direct way to find JSTOR is to find the A-Z database list on the library's homepage (under the main search box). Click on the letter "J".


Tertiary Sources

Tertiary sources are usually considered as "navigational tools" and are compiled lists of primary and secondary sources. Written by experts in the field, they can be used as a starting place for research because they give a bird's eye view of a subject and usually provide secondary sources to explore further. Tertiary sources are not usually read cover to cover. 

Some examples of tertiary sources include:

  • finding aids

  • dictionaries

  • encyclopedias

  • chronologies

  • indexes

  • abstracts

  • guide books, fact books

  • textbooks, manuals

  • search directories