If you are unsure what constitutes a scholarly secondary source for your assignment, the following short video will help.
Recognizing Scholarly Secondary Sources in History and the Humanities 7:42 min.
If you are unsure of where to begin in identifying historical events that will help you contextualize the current issue you have chosen to study, consulting a tertiary or background source early on in your study may be helpful in identifying key events, dates, people and organizations.
Recommended background sources for Canadian history:
*Note that these are tertiary sources, which can be useful launchpads to your research, though they are not peer-reviewed or based on original research.
The following video explains-
Skimming secondary sources for leads on primary sources - 3:41
MRU LibrarySearch and primary source - 6:12
Google and primary sources - 8:59
Canadiana Online and primary sources - 13:17
Canadian historical newspapers - 15:17
On the library homepage, use the Books, articles & more box.
To to find scholarly journal articles, check "peer-reviewed" on the right side of the screen.
To find books, filter by "resource type" to "books" on the right side of the screen.
Try theoption, and use the drop-down menus to search for important search terms in the or Titles of library items.
Finding and Accessing Books & Articles in MRU's LibrarySearch 5:32 min
If you are overwhelmed with results in LibrarySearch, or having trouble finding relevant enough sources, try searching in a history specific journal article database.
America History and Life: includes articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Using America History & Life, from the University of Guelph 2:00 min.
Place an interlibrary loan request and we will find a library who can provide it for you. Note that during COVID, print books and other physical materials may not be available via interlibrary loan, but most journal articles are.