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National History Day: Secondary Sources

Research tips and resources recommended for young scholars participating in National History Day.

Tertiary Sources

These databases provide biographical summaries and may list additional primary and secondary sources to consult

What are Peer Reviewed Journals?

Peer reviewed journals, also called scholarly or academic journals, publish original research in a specific field. 

Other scholars (peers) working in similar research areas review the articles before publication. 

How can you tell whether a publication is scholarly or not? Most peer reviewed/scholarly journals share the following traits:

  • Author's credentials and institutional affiliation (where they work) listed
  • Formal structure, often includings sections such as abstract, literature review, and bibliography
  • Citations to other peer-reviewed publications

Examples of peer-reviewed publications:

Ask a librarian if you are unsure whether a source is peer-reviewed.

Key Article Databases in History

Find magazine and journal articles using these library databases.

Linking to Full Text Articles

Watch this video to learn how to locate full-text articles from a database citation. Note that Full Text Finder is no longer used. You will now see "Click Here to Check for Full Text".

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