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THIST 410 Early American Politics and Law: The Civil War Era, 1819-1896: Secondary Sources

Useful links and starting points for locating primary and secondary resources.

What is a secondary source?

Secondary sources analyze a scholarly question and often use primary sources as evidence.

Secondary sources include books and articles about a topic. They may include lists of sources, i.e. bibliographies, that may lead you to other primary or secondary sources.

Databases (see Locate scholarly articles below) help you identify articles in scholarly journals or books on a particular topic.

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Locate books, maps, films, archive collections, etc.

To locate resources written about specific events, people, years, etc. try keyword and subject searching in the UW Libraries Search box above. Combine place names, personal names, and/or years to find resources relevant to your topic.

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  • lincoln and emancipation proclamation
  • 1863 and civil war
  • women and civil war
  • Robert E. Lee

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