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HIS 441 & 495, Prof. Gonzales: Finding Primary Sources from Secondary Sources

Finding Primary Sources from Secondary Sources: Articles

Newspaper articles are often an excellent source of primary information. Below are the steps for finding newspaper articles cited in secondary sources, such as books or journal articles.

Here is a section of the references from a scholarly article. These references cite a French newspaper, Le Monde.

King, L. (1998). "France needs children": Pronatalism, nationalism and women's equity. The Sociological Quarterly,
39(1), 33-52. Retrieved from http://uri.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/4121010

 

To locate the articles mentioned, search the library catalog for the title of the publication (Le Monde). Because it's a newspaper, it will help to specify "Journals" in the search.

Title search for Le Monde in URI Libraries Search Advanced SearchCatalog results for Le Monde

 

Working systematically through the list, the fourth link to Le Monde reveals that URI has access to the newspaper on Microfilm from 1965-2007. This includes the dates cited in the article.

Catalog results for Le Monde in Microfilm

 

There is also a link that refers to the online subscription. Clicking that link provides information on electronic access to Le Monde:

URI Libraries Search Entry for Le Monde onlineElectronic access to Le Monde

 

This method of access only provides access for articles after 1987, so microfilm is required for earlier articles.

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Finding Primary Sources from Secondary Sources: Books & Reports

Books and reports may also be of use in research. Below is a reference to a United Nations report (a primary source) in the citations of a scholarly article.

King, L. (1998). "France needs children": Pronatalism, nationalism and women's equity. The Sociological Quarterly,
39(1), 33-52. Retrieved from http://uri.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/4121010

 

Use Advanced Search and use the title of the publication to search the library catalog to locate the closest option for obtaining the item.

URI Libraries Search for Global Population Policy DatabaseCatalog search for Global Population Policy Database.

 

If the catalog does not reveal results for the item, the next step is to check WorldCat, a catalog of library holdings from around the world.

WorldCat results for the report

WorldCat shows several entries for the report. Clicking on the title of the relevant report leads to location information for the specific item.

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