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HIST 3072 (special collections): SECONDARY SOURCES

Tips and Tricks

Doing some secondary source research as you begin looking at primary sources will help the primary sources make more sense. These sources will give you context or a framework for understanding the primary sources  you explore and give you an idea of what historians and scholars from other disciplines think about the issues are exploring. Your primary sources may lead you to challenge the conclusions of these scholars, and that's fine. You are doing history!

  • Check out e-books as well as online articles, or request scans of print books or print journal articles.
  • Keep a list of key players involved in events related to to your topic.
  • Keep a list of key events and dates.
  • Make note of nicknames, slang terms, alternative forms of  names related to your topic.
  • Put this list on a laptop, phone or other device so you can have ready access to it.  

Online--Secondary Sources Available via the Internet

GALILEO : collection of over 400 research databases, including:

  • America: History & Life with Full Text (EBSCO) History and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes the Georgia Historical Quarterly 1955-present and seven other Georgia historical journals (dates vary).
  • JSTOR core journals in many fields from their first issue (dating to the 1700s in some cases) to 3-5 years ago
  • The New Georgia Encyclopedia provides access to authoritative information on people, places, events, history, and other topics about the state of Georgia. The site includes articles and images on every aspect of the state and includes links to related Internet sites.
  • ProjectMuse a full-text journal database for over 100 journals in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, and gender studies.

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Request scans of print books or print journals

During the COVID19 outbreak students may request scans from print-only book chapters or print-only journal articles.

Please use this link to make your requests: Article/Book Chapter Scanning Request for All UGA Students