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HIST 4800: Boston, 1600 - 1970: Secondary Sources

Library and Internet resources that may be useful for researching topics on Boston, 1600-1970.

What is a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources offer an analysis or a restatement of primary sources. They often attempt to describe or explain primary sources. Some secondary sources not only analyze primary sources, but use them to argue a contention or to persuade the reader to hold a certain opinion.  Examples of secondary sources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, and books and articles that interpret or review research works.

Examples of Secondary Sources

  • Textbook
  • Encyclopedia
  • Dictionary
  • Bibliography
  • Scholarly journal article
  • Scholarly book
  • Almanac