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HSS 201 - Transatlantic Exchange: Secondary Sources: Books, Journal Articles, and Websites

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Recommended Databases

Another type of secondary source is a scholarly journal article. These are much shorter than books, but also much more specific. You won't find a complete biography of Marco Polo in a scholarly journal article, but rather an analysis of a specific part of his life or work. Scholarly journal articles often have a thesis and a specific point of view, which is something to keep in mind as you read and take notes.

Here are some databases that contain scholarly journal articles:

Recommended E-Books

**In Noodleools, under new source, answer the questions like this for the correct citation form:  "Where is it?" > Database, "What is it?" > Book

Print Reserves

***In Noodletools, cite any sources found here by answering the prompts this way:  "Where is it"? --> Print or In-hand, "What is it"? --> Book.  

The print books listed here have been pulled together from the circulating collection and put on reserve for your use.  In class, you will use these on the reserves cart.  Outside of class, these are held on the reserves shelf behind the circulation desk.  To browse them, ask a librarian.  You will need your BLUECARD to check out up to 2 books, for up to 2 hours.  

Secondary Sources: Websites

You can also find some journal articles and secondary sources on websites.

However, not all websites are trustworthy and worthy of citation in your academic work. Be sure to consider who is responsible for a website, when and where it was created and updated, and for what purpose. Always ask your teacher or a librarian to vet a website before citing it in your paper.

Below are some websites with secondary source-type information that you can use in your research:

Websites with Free E-Books

***In Noodletools, cite this source by answering the prompts this way:  "Where is it"? --> Website, "What is it"? --> Book.