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HIST 299: Historian's Craft: Find Secondary Sources

Discover CofC Libraries

The Discovery Service provides a single, unified search box for searching the holdings of the College of Charleston Libraries, including academic/scholarly journal articles, print books, e-books, newspapers, magazines, internet documents, research reports, research guides, and much more!

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources offer an analysis or a restatement of primary sources. They often attempt to describe or explain primary sources. Some secondary sources not only analyze primary sources, but also use them to argue a contention or persuade the reader to hold a certain opinion.  Secondary sources are not evidence, but rather commentary on and discussion of evidence.
Note: The definition of a secondary source may vary depending upon the discipline or context.

Examples include:

  • Historical Monographs
  • Journal articles 
  • Bibliographies (also considered tertiary)
  • Biographical works
  • Commentaries, criticisms
  • Dictionaries, Encyclopedias (also considered tertiary)
  • Magazine and newspaper articles (this distinction varies by discipline)
  • Textbooks (also considered tertiary)
  • Web site (also considered primary)

 

Finding and Using eBooks

Using eBooks

Learn how to use eBooks, including reading online and downloading in various platforms.

How to Use eBooks

Digital Secondary Sources: Academic Journals and Databases