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Course: Honors U.S. History (HUSH): Locating secondary sources

2022-23 research project guide

What is a secondary source?

A secondary source is one that was created after the event by someone who wasn't there. Examples include books, journals, magazines and websites.

It isn't one that is secondary in importance!

Tips for finding secondary sources

  • While you're reading your reference article and primary source, keep a list of keywords to search for.
  • Try broad terms eg Immigration and narrow terms eg Border patrol
  • Look at the bibliography at the end of the reference article - those might be good sources.

Finding books

Find books in the following libraries:

  • Start with the UHS library - you can still check out books from UHS while we are in distance learning mode. Place a hold or email
  • Try San Francisco Public Library Remember you can always have books sent to the closest branch to your house or school (the Presidio Branch).
  • If you are Marin accessible you can try MARINet - some Marin libraries are doing curbside checkout.

Ebooks through UHS

We have two databases which give you full access to academic books:

You can also find books online:

Open Library - you will need to create an account to access these books.

SFPL resources

You will need an SFPL library card and PIN to access these resources. Ask a UHS librarian if you need to get one.

Finding journals articles

Historical Newspapers