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This guide will help you find information to complete your research paper for HIST 356.
Top Renaissance and Reformation Resources
Adams State Library Catalog This link opens in a new window
Contains records of all print resources in Adams State Library, and some electronic resources. Allows users to check their records, renew books, and request items be placed on hold.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Online archive of thousands of core journals in the arts and sciences. Does not usually have journal issues from the most recent 3-5 years.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text This link opens in a new window
An index of over 3,000 academic journals which covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), focusing especially on the 15th century and beyond.
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:
- Diaries, journals, and letters
- Newspaper and magazine articles (contemporary, factual accounts)
- Government records (census, marriage, military)
- Photographs, maps, postcards, posters
- Recorded or transcribed speeches
- Interviews with participants, witnesses, or people alive during the time under study
- Songs, Plays, novels, stories
- Paintings, drawings, and sculptures
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of secondary sources include:
- Literary Criticism
- Book, Art, and Theater Reviews
- Newspaper articles that interpret
Information adapted from CUNY and Princeton libraries.