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Databases for locating general and scholarly articles (journals, magazines, newspapers)
Primary sources are the raw materials of history, providing a window into the past and unfiltered access to the historical record. They are the >first-hand accounts, in a range of formats, which were produced by people who lived during that period. In an archive of primary source materials, you’ll find a record of the cultural, social, economic, political, and scientific inquiries of the time.
Secondary sources help build your background knowledge about your topic. They are used to interpret primary sources, so you can think of them as report that is at least one step removed from the event or issue you are studying. In this sense, secondary sources are like second-hand accounts…
[Taken from Jane Nichols and Tiah Edmondson-Mortron' guide "Primary Sources".]
Online databases are a good place to start when you are searching for articles -- especially scholarly and peer-reviewed articles. Databases are searchable collections of research and other articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. You can search for articles by topic or, if you already know the information, by author or title.
Not all articles in a database include the article's full text.
The most effective way to search the online databases is to enter terms or keywords that effectively describe your topic.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a services provided by the library to get you the journal articles you need for your research.
Here's how it works:
The turn around time is as fast as 2-3 days but we cannot guarantee this. It may take longer so a make sure you request early.
Set up your Interlibrary Loan account at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ill/.
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