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