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Nations and Nationalism

Tips for finding primary and secondary sources in the library

Finding books containing primary source material

#1 Tip: Add the word "Source" to a subject keyword search to find primary sources. For example: nationalism sources OR germany sources OR easter rising sources.

Other subject keywords that help identify primary sources:

letters | correspondence | diaries | documents | interviews | photographs | manuscript | speeches | notebooks | narratives | oral history

Tip #2: Identify key individuals within national movements and search for books by or about them.

Finding primary sources online

Tip #1: To find primary sources online, construct a keyword search related to your topic with terms such as japan nationalism sources OR europe history documents. Here are a few sites to get you started:

Tip #2: Identify key individuals within national movements and search for documents, speeches, etc. by them.

Find secondary sources / scholarly works

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. Start your research for articles here!  Tip #1: When you view a full record for an article, read the abstract, or summary, to quickly decide if it is useful for your research.  Tip #2: Use the subject links from the full record to find additional articles.

JSTOR is a multi-disciplinary database which provides scholarly, full-text content. While coverage goes all the way back to the 19th century, be aware there is no current content for many journals. 

Project MUSE is another multi-disciplinary, full-text, scholarly journal source.


Search strategy in Academic Search Complete

In Academic Search Complete, use the drop down menus next to the Search box to construct your search like the example in the box below. If you are searching on a mobile device, you will need to switch to Full Site view in order to access this option. Limit your results to Academic Journals in order to identify scholarly sources.

Back up! I need help choosing my topic!

For an overview of topics to research and write about, browse through an encyclopedia for ideas. For online encyclopedias, try Credo Reference, which includes the Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Leaders, Movements, and Concepts