Locate Secondary Sources
What is a Secondary Source?
Secondary sources are works that are based on analysis of primary sources, such as textbooks, biographies, nonfiction books about history and monographs. Many secondary sources in history include quotations from primary sources or illustrations that constitute primary sources. In literary research, secondary sources include works of literary theory or literary scholarship (found in scholarly journals or specialized books).
Sometimes a source can be both primary and secondary. if one is using census data from the 1855 US census as support for an argument on poverty in American literature, then the census is a secondary source; but if one is analyzing the census itself, then the census is a primary source.
Digital Archives of Scholarly Articles
JStor offers a digital archive of 813 titles, "with individual issues added three to five years after publication and with the goal of offering a complete back file for each journal" (Harner K700).
- Project Muse
Project Muse offers a "digital archive of more than 300 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences" (Harner K705).
The library also owns a number of other journals in full text. Check out the e-journals search to see if a journal you need is available online in full text.