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Secondary Sources: Databases with Journal Articles and More
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 a few databases that contain scholarly journal articles:
Reference books don't provide all the answers. Eventually you are going to need find other sources with more detailed information on your topic. Books on reserve are helpful when you are have finished taking notes in reference materials. The OWHL librarians and your teachers have already pre-selected a large selection of books that should be most useful to you.
Through this link you will only have access to the table of contents and indexes of books preselected for your assignment by librarians and faculty members. Look at the Table of Contents and/or Index within each title for your specific topic, and when you locate a book for your topic please chat with us on OWHL Answers to request access to the full book.Please note there is only ONE digital copy of each title available at a time, so if your classmate is currently using the book, there may be a wait time for you to view the book. We recommend finding more than one book to request in case the one you want most is unavailable at that moment.
If you want to find other books on your topic, use the OWH Library catalog to search for materials.
Be sure to change the "Format" filter from ALL to Book - Electronic, to limit results to e-books only. You will not have access to books in print this term, unless we also have the e-book (which in many instances, we do).
**In Noodleools, under new source, answer the questions like this for the correct citation form: "Where is it?" > Database, "What is it?" > Book
Start by creating a FREE account using your P.A. email address. Search for access to all the free e-books that have been scanned by institutions.
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: