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HS5314 - Contemporary Europe

Key resources for researching topics relating to contemporary European history. Designed for HS5314 taught by Dr. Aaron Moreno in Spring 2018.

What is a secondary source?

A secondary source discusses, analyzes, and interprets a topic. Typically, in history, a secondary source will cite both primary sources and other secondary sources used to develop the author's argument.  A historian's work, either a book or journal article, typically is a secondary source . Your senior thesis will be a secondary work.  

You will want to use secondary sources for a couple of key reasons: 1) to gain a clear understanding of the events, time, people, places for a topic, and 2) to use the work cited to identify key primary sources.

Secondary sources are contextual.  So, for instance, a newspaper article may be primary source for one topic (an first hand account from the time being studied) OR if could be a secondary source (discussion of an event that occurred in the past). 

Databases: finding secondary sources in history

The databases listed here are places to start when searching for secondary sources.