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Irish Studies Program

Secondary Sources

sECONDARY sources


Once you identify your subject for research, you'll want to discover some basic background information to answer the following questions:

  • Who: names of significant people, movements, or organizations
  • When: beginning and ending dates for individuals or events
  • Where: watch for place name changes in the past
  • What: significance of subject can affect how many records from the past still exist
  • More Info: watch for further references or citations that you'll want to uncover for additional information

You can grab these details from your textbooks as well as online through general encyclopedic-type sources.

Armed with names, dates, and other details from the background sources, you'll dive into Primary & Secondary Source search tools. This page will highlight Secondary Source tools and the following Key Resources page will outline how / where to find Primary Sources.

* Special thanks for the librarians at Loyola Marymount University (LA) with their creation of much of the content regarding primary source searching on this guide.

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources (Peer-reviewed)


Be sure to review the "Search Strategies for Databases" page under Guides in the left menu. It will highlight proactive ways to increase the relevancy of your search results and make you a more efficient researcher.

Social Sciences Databases

Social Sciences Tools

Much of your research will focus on the intersection of history and culture. Social science tools will help to uncover a plethora of articles, books, essays, etc. Dive in!


eBook Tools

Studying overseas can require some creative exploration of resources. Try these eBook tools, which cover a variety of disciplines.

General Research Tools

Multidisciplinary Research Tools

In addition to social science-based databases, it's important to explore multidisciplinary databases to discover what content they hold on the aspects of Ireland that you're studying. Try these Library tools.

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