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SSI2-142: Pirates: Argument (scholarly) Sources: Articles

What's a secondary source?

In secondary sources, authors analyze and interpret primary source materials. 

Secondary sources can be scholarly or popular.  Scholarly sources (sometimes called "academic" or "peer-reviewed" sources) are written by and for experts and typically include bibliographies and citations.  Popular sources are written for a general, non-expert audience and can be authored by anyone.

E-journal Archives

E-journal archives are convenient, but their search interfaces often are less capable of helping you pinpoint exactly what you seek.

Recommended Subject Databases

There are hundreds of specialized databases from which to choose when you are seeking scholarly work. For this course, the best databases to search are:

For additional database recommendations, ask a librarian!

Database Search Tips

Always use the advanced search interface and some combination of the following techniques to increase the effectiveness of your searches:

Search Technique   What It Does
quotation marks Searches for exact phrase
Truncation (usually an *) Searches for all forms of a word
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) Lets you broaden or narrow your search
Database thesaurus or index             Allows you to pinpoint the exact indexing terms the database uses