The raison d'être of scholars is to attempt to describe, explain, interpret and analyze issues & events. Scholars use evidence to support their interpretations which are most often published in the form of books and journal articles (secondary sources). So why should you use secondary sources?
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UW Libraries Search is your starting point for finding books at the UW Libraries. In addition UW Libraries Search also includes citations to current non magazine articles as well as to scholarly articles and book reviews. (often linked to fulltext). Use the options on the "Refine My Results" toolbar on the left of your search results screen to filter your results to books, by language, by library location, etc.
Search the following databases to find scholarly articles on your topic. When searching you may need to connect your keywords with the AND connector or use separate search boxes for each keyword. For example: armenia and genocide
Scholarly articles and books have a purpose -- an argument (also called a thesis) that they are attempting to make about an issue and present evidence to support this argument. As you read a scholarly article first check to see if there is an abstract, a brief overview of the article. This will give you an idea if the article will be relevant for your research. Then look for the author's argument. Ask yourself, does the author adequately support their argument with evidence.