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History : Finding Secondary Sources

This guide is intended for all those studying history and related disciplines.

About Secondary Sources

Secondary sources can be found in a variety of places, both in person and online. More information on where and how to find secondary sources is provided below. Remember, whether a source is primary or secondary is often determined by how you intend to use it. For an overview of source types, visit Primary & Secondary Sources and Secondary Source Types.

Search & Find

A great place to find secondary sources materials, especially books and ebooks, is the NSC Library Search & Find tool. With over one million ebooks and access to materials from our partner libraries at CSN and UNLV, Search & Find is a great place to start your research. For items not available through the NSC Library, you can submit a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

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► Make sure you sign in with your NSHE ID and password to get full access and the most results!


The Internet

Beyond the the NSC Library and scholarly databases, a Google search on any topic will likely bring back thousands and thousand of secondary source results. Websites such as Google Scholar can be very helpful for finding scholarly content and Wikipedia, although not usually an acceptable source for your paper, can be helpful while brainstorming and starting your topic (Hint! A good Wikipedia article should include citations, which may help you find additional sources).

The challenge is to make sure that the sources you find and choose to use in your research are reputable and relevant for your assignment. Make sure you evaluate and ethically cite your sources, no matter where you find them!

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For more information, visit Evaluating Sources and the Citation Guide.

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