Secondary sources offer an interpretation based on analysis and synthesis of primary sources. These types of sources are found in books, journals, and web sources. A secondary source may also synthesize the work of other historians in order to formulate a new interpretation.
Types of Secondary Sources
Placing Your Topic in Context
Evaluating Secondary Sources
Evaluation of sources is essential to scholarly research. Consider the following when looking for reliable secondary sources:
Search@UW Search@UW includes books, monographs, journal articles, videos, conference proceedings, government information, images, and more. A "Google" way to search for materials within the UW Library System.
WorldCat (Firstsearch interface) Not finding what you need in Search@UW? Looking for books cited in footnotes and bibliographies that you cannot find in Search@UW? Use WorldCat to see if other libraries own the materials you need and then use interlibrary loan to order them.
Other Relevant Databases