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Secondary Sources - Encyclopedias in Print

Scholarly, subject-specific encyclopedias are a great place to get background information, chronologies, bibliographies, and lots of other really useful information to help you start research on a topic. 

The following titles are available in print in the McPherson Library Reference collection:

Secondary Sources - Find articles with America: History and Life & Historical Abstracts

Access the following databases using a guest computer at the McPherson Library.  You should mark useful documents and email them to yourself via the email/save option in the database.  OR, save the articles to a USB drive.

America History and Life and Historical Abstracts are databases which index scholarly articles from the field of History.  We have joined them together so that you can search both North American and worldwide history at the same time.   It covers worldwide topics from prehistory to present day, and has some very cool features which help you to find articles in History.

  • Era Limit.  You can enter the dates you're interested in, (for example, 1867 - 1900), to get back a list of articles about that date range.
  • Language Limit. You can select English, or English and French, to limit your results to things you can actually read.  
  • Publication Type. You can limit to 'articles' and avoid seeing Theses, or other items that would be difficult to get your hands on. 
  • 'GetThis' links. Click on the 'getthis' link next to the article citation to find that article in the library (electronic or print).  

Secondary Sources - Search Summon for Interdisciplinary Research

Summon -- UVic Libraries new search engine

What is Summon?

Secondary Sources: Where is my Article?

The database will tell you everything you need to know about an article.

Sometimes, the entire article is included in the database. Use PDF links or HTML links.

Sometimes you have to follow links from the database to the online article, often via our library catalogue.  Use "Get This" links! 

Sometimes, the article is only available in print, and you have to use the Library Catalogue to find out where the journal that holds the article is in the library.  "Get This" will tell you that the journal is only available in print, and for which years.  Use the "Show Me Where" button to determine which floor, and where on that floor, to visit to find the journal. 

Secondary Sources - Encyclopedias Online

Access the following encyclopedias using a guest computer at the McPherson Library.  You should mark useful documents and email them to yourself via the email/save option in the database.  OR, save the articles to a USB drive.

Secondary Sources - Books

 

  "Keyword anywhere" search of the UVic Libraries catalogue. 

If you are unfamiliar with searching for books in the McPherson Library, watch some of our YouTube 2 minute help videos. .

Watch this Library Orientation for New Students

 Try these too: Searching the Catalogue  Or this  Find this Book  or this Search Tips 

Here is a link to our complete list of UVic Libraries  Help Videos

Research tip: use several keywords to start your search.  Scan your results and locate one or two titles on your topic.  View the library records for these titles and click on a subject heading in the record to locate other books in the library on the same topic.

Primary Sources - how to find and evaluate them

Use the History How To: Primary Sources guide for information on how to examine and evaluate primary sources, as well as information on how to find them. 

Primary Sources: In UVic Libraries' databases

Access the following databases using a guest computer at the McPherson Library.  You should mark useful documents and email them to yourself via the email/save option in the database.  OR, save the articles to a USB drive.

Primary Sources: On the Web

These websites are available to anyone.  You will need to use these websites on your own personal computer at home or at your school.