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This guide is designed to help you find research and resources in the field of History.

What Are Journal Articles?

Journal articles are secondary sources written by experts about a specific research topic. They are shorter than books and published throughout the year in journals (similar to a magazine.) Journals can be scholarly or peer-reviewed.

Journal articles draw conclusions about a research topic by describing, analyzing, and interpreting primary sources. Using journal articles in your research will help you:

  • Provide background information about your research topic
  • Inform you about what experts have already written so you can avoid repeating ideas
  • Contribute new ideas and theories to the field
  • Support and give credibility to your thesis

Library Databases

Historians use library databases to find secondary sources, such as scholarly journal articles.