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INQ 110 Exploring a Sense of Place: Resources for Research Projects

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

A primary source is a document or physical object written/created during the moment in time you are interested in researching. A primary source provides information directly from the source (a book written by Adolf Hitler). A secondary source provides information indirectly (a historian's recounting of research done on Hitler).

Indiana University at Bloomington gives an excellent example of primary sources vs. secondary sources right here.

Reference sources (online)

Web Resources

Databases with Primary and Secondary Sources

WorldCat

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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Digital Collections

Endnote. What is it and why should I use it?

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a reference management software that requires a subscription to use. Lucky for you, Roanoke College has a subscription. Create an EndNote account and keep track of your research, manage your bibliographies, and best of all, plug in citations as you write your paper. No more stressing over how to properly cite your sources. It's all done for you!