You may also contact individual librarians via the One-on-one Instruction Request form.
It can be harder to determine if an information source is a secondary article. It is important to remember that secondary sources provide background information and discussion on your topic. They give you a broader perspective and analyze the event/topic/work/person you are researching. For humanities topics, such as history, secondary sources will be written after an event occurs .
To determine if your information source is a valid secondary source, try asking yourself the following questions:
Check your articles carefully! Literature review articles are secondary sources. However, article called systematic reviews, or Meta-analysis can be either primary or secondary. If you working on an assignment and need primary and/or secondary articles, please consult your professor to determine the type of source.
You will find some secondary source materials in many of our databases. Use the link below to see a list of all of our databases. Use the dropdown labeled "All Subjects" to sort by a specific subject.