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Find Secondary Sources

What is a secondary source?

Secondary sources address or analyze events, people, works, or topics after the fact, unlike primary sources which provide firsthand accounts. To learn more about primary sources, see our Primary Sources page.

Examples include:

Why use secondary sources?

Secondary sources allow you to broaden your research by providing background information, analyses, and unique perspectives one or more steps removed from an original event or work.

How can I tell if something is a secondary source?

The following questions can help you determine if you have a secondary source:

Where can I find secondary sources?

Library Catalog   
Find books, magazines, journals, and more in the Library Catalog. Use "Format" in the "Advanced Search" interface to customize your search results. 

Online Reference Collection (Encyclopedias)   
We recommend the following as starting points for finding encyclopedia entries on a variety of topics: 

Library Databases 
The Undergraduate Library’s Find Articles Guide provides recommended databases for finding magazine, journal, and newspaper articles in a variety of disciplines. We recommend the following as a starting point for finding articles on a variety of topics: