Use the Gale eBooks database (link is below) to find short overview articles on topics related to your research. This is not an exhaustive list of key terms.
Some recommended search terms:
Because primary sources are the documents or artifacts closest to the topic of investigation, they're a great way to gain insight into and an understanding of your event or topic. Often they are created during the time period that is being studied but they can also be produced later by eyewitnesses or participants.
You may find primary sources in their original format (usually in an archive) or reproduced in a variety of ways. For example, in books, in digital format on the Web, on microfilm, digital, etc.
Examples of Primary Sources are:
To find primary sources, simply add these words to the end of your search for resources on any topic:
For more information on finding primary sources, see our research guide, Find Primary Sources.
The MJC Library has several databases that are great to use when you need to find primary sources.
Secondary information is made up of accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. Therefore, secondary information interprets and evaluates primary information.
Because secondary sources are written with the benefit of hindsight and interpretation, they are useful at helping you understand your topic and seeing what scholars and other experts have to say about it.
Use the MJC Library Catalog, library databases, and the Web to find secondary sources.
To get started on local history projects check out our Local History & Information research guide by clicking on the picture below or right here.
Your instructor should tell you which citation style they want you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.