Hey there, Friend! Welcome! Today we’re talking about where to find Digitized Secondary Sources for research papers, projects, and more. If you need primary sources for your project – I encourage you to check out this article next: The Best Places to Find Digitized Primary Sources.
Now you might be wondering what a secondary source is, well, it’s secondhand account of an event, person, movement, or thing. Secondary sources include articles, books, encyclopedias, etc. They are useful in summarizing events and for broad learning! Personally, I love reading secondary sources to see how other historians have written about certain topics. Let’s get started!
JSTOR is a great platform for research articles. You can make a free account and read 100 articles per month. If you are a college/university student or faculty member you will have access to more articles.
Bonus Tip: Make sure to check out what other databases your institution has access to! There are a lot of cool databases for all kinds of degrees!
Public Library Systems
The public library is one of the most under-utilized community assets in my opinion. Many public libraries now have digital and audio book platforms where you can rent books for FREE.
Seriously, go check out the public library! It’s also a great place to work on your project because they’re usually quiet.
Scribd or Audible
Scribd and Audible are both apps that you will have to pay for. Personally, I use Scribd and love it! There are hundreds of books, articles, audiobooks, PDFs, and more on a number of topics. I love listening to the audiobooks during workouts or while cleaning the house.
Archive.org is another one of those websites that is a treasure trove! There are primary and secondary sources here. All you have to do is create an account and you can access books for free! You have different options for how long you can rent the book, but if you run out of time and don’t get it all read then all you have to do is check the book out again (This can be done instantly).
Bonus Tip: I was able to find some of the books I needed for graduate seminars on this website which saved me $$$.
Google Play has several books that you can read! You can read some of them for free, but there are also others that you have to pay for. It’s worth checking out!
Google Scholar is a great place to find scholarly articles in hundreds of fields! Check it out!
Project Gutenberg is a website full of public domain material. There are lots of books!
Hathi Trust – Digital Library
Hathi Trust is great for finding out of print and public domain books! Check it out!
Hey friend, thank you so much for reading. I hope you found a secondary source database that will help you complete that research paper or project. Good luck and happy reading/writing!
I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂