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What is a Secondary Source?

 A secondary source addresses or analyzes events, people, works, or topics after the fact, unlike primary sources which provide firsthand accounts. Examples include:

  • Newspaper articles
  • Journal and magazine articles
  • Encyclopedias
  • Books

For this assignment you will be searching mainly for journal articles, books, or chapters and sections in books.


Tips for searching for secondary sources on Travellers.

You might find it helpful to consult a reference source to locate some basic information about your traveller before looking for a more detailed secondary source.  It will help you to ascertain when your traveller lived, and where your traveller came from, and to identify alternate spellings of his name.   For example, I found Malfonte under Malfante, and al Buruni under al-Biruni. Information about most of travellers can be found in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Some of you will find whole books on your traveller, but some of you will not.  Remember, you can look for sections and chapters in books too.  This is where knowing a little about your traveller will help.  For example, you can look for general histories of the country, or part of the world that your traveller was from and check the indexes for his name.  If you aren't finding a lot, that's okay.  You can search Proquest and JSTOR to locate an article!

To Locate Books

1. There are some books on reserve in the front of the Library. Many are Dr. Spector-Marks' personal copies, and therefore must be used in the Library only. Any Library copies may be checked out overnight.

2. Perform a search in the Edith Hamilton Library Online Catalog to locate books in the Edith Hamilton Library.  Remember, if you don't find a book by     searching under the traveller's name you can broaden your search.

2. Ebrary Academic e-Book Collection is a large collection of academic books which can be downloaded to your device.


To Locate Journal Articles


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