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History: Articles/Reviews

Book Reviews

In many databases, adding the word "review" to a search for phrases from the book's title will find book reviews.

Other databases allow you to check a box or select reviews.

  • Academic Search Complete
    • on the initial page, choose Document Type "Book Review"
  • JSTOR
    • in the Advanced Search, check the Item Type box beside "Review"
  • Iter
    • in the Advanced Search, select Type of Work "Review"

Defining a Primary Source

"A primary source is a document, image or artifact ... created contemporaneously with the event under discussion." (Williams, Historian's Toolbox, 2nd ed., p. 56)

Primary sources are evidence from participants in or eyewitnesses to an event.

Examples:

  • Diaries, letters, speeches, memoirs/autobiographies, oral interviews, newspaper & magazine articles...
  • Images: photographs, sound & video recordings, maps...
  • Artifacts: coins, receipts, schedules, tombstones, furniture, jewelry, DNA evidence...
  • Public records: birth, death, probate, census records; court cases, official government documents...
  • Creative works:  paintings, movies, statues...

Formats:

  • Original manuscripts or records
  • Authoritative transcriptions in printed volumes or digital form
  • Reproductions--digital, microfilm, facsimile...

Research Librarian & Instruction Coordinator

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Anne Grant
Contact:
Cooper Library
Room 405
864-656-6079
Subjects:Geography, History