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History: Secondary Sources

Secondary sources and databases

Databases contain information about published works. 

  • These can be journals, conference proceedings, book reviews, book chapters, reports and magazines. 
  • You can search by keywords, authors, titles, subject, etc, to find out where relevant articles, chapters or essays have been published. 
  • Some databases contain the full text, while others only provide the reference (details of the publication).
  • Once you have the reference, check Library Search to see if the Library holds the journal.


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