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National History Day 2019

Find secondary sources (books and more)

Secondary sources are books and articles on a specific topic that are written by researchers (in this case, historians) without firsthand experience of the event or topic. Secondary sources may analyze, criticize, interpret or summarize data from primary sources. You can find books on your topic at your school library, but here's how to find books at the UA library.

  1. Use our library search to find books by typing in the keywords for your chosen topic. Use AND to separate keywords. For example, type "great depression" AND women to find books that talk about the impact of the great depression on women.
  2. Once you see your list of results, you can limit to books by checking the box next to books under Type of material.
  3. If the book is a print book, you'll need to write down the call number to find where it's located in the library.