How to find secondary sources
- Figure out your topic, ideally your argument or question
- Were the Swing Riots of 1830 primarily clashes of class, income, or religion?
- Choose where to search
- Omni, specialized databases (below)
- Break up your search question into concepts
- Great Britain, class, riots, protests, Anglican, agriculture, etc.
- Think of synonyms for each of your concepts (combine with AND / OR)
- (protest* OR riots OR conflict) AND ("great britain" OR england) AND (victorian OR "history 19th century")
- Review and limit your search results
- limit by availability, date, language, etc.; add/remove keywords to find more/less
- Read a few relevant results
- search within the text, and review bibliographies
- You may not find sources of information on the exact combination of ideas, terms, or topics you are searching for
- e.g, "industrial revolution"
- You may have to research the ideas within your argument separately: background sources are a good place to start
- Cambridge Histories
- Oxford Bibliographies
- Oxford Companion to British History
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (note advanced search)
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Wikipedia Bibliographies
- Search Omni for items at Laurier (and other Omni libraries in non-COVID times)
While Omni contains a catalogue record (author, title, etc.) of our eBooks, an Omni search does not search the full text of each book. Instead, you need to visit and search the various sites where our eBooks are stored.
- ACLS Humanities E-Book
- doab: directory of open access books
- eBook Academic Collection
- eDuke Books
- Hathitrust Emergency access; you still need to login even if you go through the Laurier Library link
- Proquest Ebook Central
- Scholars Portal Books
- University Press Scholarship Online
- see also
- Search Omni for your topic. Refine your results at the left:
- "Available online"
Or, you could narrow down your search by using a more specialized database, in particular those that index older content
- Historical Abstracts
- Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
- JSTOR (as with ebooks, search the entire contents of many journals, not just the citation/subjects)