Secondary sources usually:

  • analyze or interpret an event
  • are one step removed from the focus or main event
  • offer an outside perspective by someone not present during the event
  • are published as scholarly articles or books
  • are based on some examination of primary sources
  • list references to primary sources or at least mention personal names,
  • document titles and other information that help you identify primary sources
  • are often published in books (listed in catalogs) or in articles (listed in indexes or other databases)

Databases to find secondary sources

eLibraryMN History Day resources
This website, free for all students in Minnesota, contains links to reliable encyclopedias, collections of primary and secondary sources, and the digitized Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922).

Libraries search
Search for books, DVDs, maps, government publications or other content on your topic. Some content is online; much more is in the libraries on campus. Not sure what keywords to use? Ask staff at any service desk, phone us at 612-624-3321, or email.

Databases by subject
Here is a list of resources by broad subjects (American studies, Medicine, Politics, etc.) Some resources must be accessed in the University Libraries.